Talks and Master Class

Charlotte offers two talks with a master class following:

  • Manage your Performance Nerves
  • Prevent and Move on from Performance-related Injury.


The talk gives a context to the topic. The master class afterwards gives an opportunity for the musicians taking part to put some of the learnings into practice immediately, and for the audience to witness this.

The talk and master class together last for two hours and even though each can be offered individually, they work best together.


Talk and Master Class given at the Royal Northern College of Music


What do the talks and master classes involve?

Manage your Performance Nerves

In this talk, Charlotte looks at how performance anxiety can arise and the possible psychological reasons behind it, along with some simple practical tools to manage the anxiety better. Read more here for next two paragraphs?

She shows how practising with the Objective Observer rather than with the Inner Critic, and aiming for excellence rather than perfection, can radically reduce out-of-control nerves. She encourages musicians to move on from performance anxiety that is uncomfortable & detrimental, into a place where adrenalin can enhance the performance so that playing in public can become truly enjoyable.

The master class that follows, is an opportunity to put the information into practice. Musicians play a short extract from a piece, and are supported in finding new freer and more enjoyable ways of managing tricky performance situations. This makes the master class more of a performance workshop than a conventional master class, interactive and informal in style and Charlotte is always keen to engage the audience in the learning process. It is inter-disciplinary and any instrumentalists or singers can take part.


Prevent and Move on from Performance-related Injury

In this talk, Charlotte addresses how performance-related injury can arise and the possible physical, psychological and emotional reasons behind it. She shows the importance of not ignoring the pain and catching the problem early. Read more for next two paras?

Charlotte encourages musicians to dig deep, looking at the issue from every possible angle. She gives practical suggestions about how to both prevent injury from taking hold and how to move beyond if it has taken hold, back to an enjoyable and healthy performing life.

The master class that follows is an opportunity to put the information into practice. It is important to note here that the master class participants do not have to have an injury to take part. Very valuable work can be done showing a musician where they are holding physical tension and how to release it, so as to prevent possible injury from arising.


Why book a talk and master class?

Musicians, whether students or professionals, will gain unusual new insights from both talk and master class. Charlotte focuses on issues that are only just starting to be acknowledged in the musical world at large, and to have two hours devoted to these topics is both a luxury and even a necessity.

The talk sets the scene, with new emotionally intelligent approaches to practising and performing. But it is during the master class that things can really shift for the better, for both performer and audience member. Finding a massively improved way of performing in front of an audience who is encouraged to be really supportive, can be very powerful for the performer, even life changing. Equally, watching a fellow musician transform in front of your eyes can be inspirational and can show each observer that it is possible for them too!

“She helped me perform better all in the space of two minutes!

Masters student, Violin, Royal Northern College of Music.


Next steps?

Contact Charlotte directly for any questions you may have, for dates and fees.


Where has Charlotte given these talks and master classes?


  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Singapore Raffles College of Music


  • Oxford
  • Leeds
  • Huddersfield
  • York
  • York St John
  • Edinburgh Napier
  • Bristol (master class)


  • Bootham School, York
  • Westminster School
  • Magdalen College School, Oxford
  • St Mary’s School, Calne
  • King’s School, Chester
  • St Catherine’s School, Bramley
  • Grange School, Hartford
  • Wellington College

Music Schools

  • St Mary’s Edinburgh

Summer Schools

  • Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer Music School, USA)
  • Chethams International Piano Summer School
  • Verbier Festival (2017)
  • Oxford International Piano Festival (2017)