Charles Fullbrook was born in London and has been involved in music making since his early school days. His first musical education was in cathedrals throughout the UK under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music. He relinquished the violin, double bass and piano and was awarded a Junior Exhibition in percussion at the Royal Academy of Music.
After leaving the RAM he became involved in theatre work, playing Carl Davis’s score conducted by the composer in Joan Littlewood’s production of The Beggar’s Opera at The Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He then toured widely with Prospect Theatre Company under the directorship of Toby Robertson and Kenny McBain performing King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
His career has embraced a wide spectrum of musical experience and he has played in exotic locations such as the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, HM Prison at Wormwood Scrubs and Korolevu Beach in Fiji. In a busy freelance career he has played with all of the London orchestras and also with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and The Stuttgart Barockorckester amongst others.
Other collaborations have included the Panufnic Concertino with Evelyn Glennie. He was percussionist with the chamber group Capricorn, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta and took part in many world premiers, including Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten.
Charles was teacher of percussion/timpani at the Watford School of Music (1978-81), at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1987-2001) and is currently timpani professor at Trinity Laban. He has given many consultation lessons – notably with Lars Hoffner, timpanist of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He was appointed timpanist with the City of London Sinfonia in 1987. His other timpani ‘chairs’ include: Ex Cathedra, The King’s Consort, Canzona, The Parley of Instruments, The Sixteen (the Symphony of Harmony and Invention), The Milton Keynes City Orchestra, The New Queen’s Hall Orchestra and Collegium Musicum 90.