Charlotte Tomlinson - Performance Coach
Pianist and performance coach
Charlotte Tomlinson is a Performance Coach who over a number of years has developed a holistic approach for helping musicians manage performance anxiety, move on from repetitive strain injury (RSI) and rebuild their relationship with their instrument after difficult & traumatic experiences. These have been developed largely from her own experience of teaching and performing, along with a strong background in personal growth, psychology and trainings in different bodywork techniques.
As a duo pianist and chamber musician she has travelled the world. She has been an accompanist for all the London music colleges, for BBC Young Musician of the Year and has broadcast for Dutch National Radio, RTHK and BBC Radio 3.
She taught at the Purcell School for 11 years and founded and directed an international chamber music course, which was given a glowing endorsement from Sir Simon Rattle.
Her approach as a Performance Coach is to support all instrumentalists and singers in expressing the music in the best way they can by moving through whatever blocks are in the way. These can be physical blocks, which are sometimes very subtle, as in tension, inefficient ways of holding themselves or emotional blocks as in forms of negative judgment and self-criticism. Charlotte works intuitively, supporting each musician with exactly what they need.
Charlotte recently interviewed 21 top international musicians on film about how they manage performance stress Beyond Stage Fright. She has been interviewed herself by BBC TV Proms Extra (2015), as an expert in performance anxiety and has also been filmed as a Performance Coach for the documentary Composed to be released in the US in 2016. Her book, Music from the Inside Out, discusses all the issues that can get in the way of musicians performing at their peak.
In 2016, she will be coaching on the Norfolk Chamber Music Program (Yale University, US) as well as touring universities and conservatoires in South East Asia.
“I can honestly say that without Charlotte’s help, I wouldn’t be playing now. She moved me through a serious case of tendonitis at a critical stage of my education. She helped me let go of the pain, by showing me how to play the piano with freedom and helping build up the right muscle memory so I could apply it on my own. I have never had the pain since and I can play for hours without getting tired. She really knows her stuff and is fantastic at getting it across!”
Kit Downes, jazz pianist
“Charlotte’s insight into my performance anxiety problems was amazing – after only a couple of sessions she’d nailed the causes, and we immediately got stuck into working together to resolve them – hard work sometimes, but we had fun too, and the results have been completely worth it!”
Anthony L, pianist
“Charlotte put me at ease and helped me to find a way of re-connecting with my flute, which felt natural and easy. After a break from playing due to fear and tension, this was a major step. I started to explore the possibilities of my musical voice and have never looked back!” -Jenny, flautist
“The practical session after the talk completely changed my view on dealing with performance nerves. Finally, I had practical solutions, which really worked and allowed me to play as well as I know I can.”
Music undergraduate, Oxford University