Charles Clark

Charles has been a member of the BPO since 2001, chairman since 2010 and leader since 2013. In his teens he had an inspirational violin teacher in Colin Dowdeswell and has never looked back:  many concerts at Cambridge (where he studied law); the Edinburgh Fringe; the Rehearsal Orchestra under Harry Legge, Rudolf Kempe, Charles Groves, Simon Rattle and Andrew Davis; St John's Smith Square under Neville Marriner and with the LSO at the Barbican and in Paris with François-Xavier Roth and John Eliot Gardiner. In rehearsals he has played the Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch and Mendelssohn violin concertos with the BPO and the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with Havering Concert Orchestra. As soloist in BPO concerts, he has played the Bach double violin concerto, Schindler's List, the Gadfly Romance, Chanson de Matin, Monti's Czardas and Bartók's Portrait No 1.  He currently studies with Beth Spendlove.

Charles is chairman of the National Youth String Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra Endowment Trust and is a member of the LSO's Advisory Council. In his day job he is a lawyer at Linklaters where he has spent his career, working in London, Paris and Moscow.