Charlie Draper





I am one few classically-trained musicians worldwide to specialise in Theremin and the Ondes Martenot (Ondomo), two rare early electronic instruments distinguished by their unique modes of operation and otherworldly sound.  These two instruments are ideal partners: besides being two of the earliest electronic musical instruments, they are capable of producing similar tones, reliant on similar technologies, and demand comparably keen attention to pitch to coax voices from their delicate circuitry. 

Based in London, I've performed for clients including the RTE Concert Orchestra (playing the music of Danny Elfman), British Library (playing with Bruce Woolley's Radio Science Orchestra), WOMAD Festival, Welsh National Opera House, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 1, BBC Radio 3, BuzzFeed, the Whipple Museum of Science, and played for numerous independent record labels for television and radio recordings. This professional experience is supplemented by academic qualifications from the Universities of Cambridge (2012) and Oxford (2015).

A passionate and experienced music professional, I collaborate with composers, conductors, events teams, and others in need of these instruments' uniquely evocative tones. With access to a high-quality home studio, I routinely provide stems remotely. My portfolio spans classical, contemporary and commercial music, including work as a soloist and ensemble player, for live and studio performance.

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The theremin is one of the most unusual instruments ever devised. Invented in 1920 by the Russian physicist and musician Leon Theremin (1896-1993), the instrument is distinguished both by its haunting tone resembling the human voice, and by its unique mode of operation, which involves no physical contact from the player. By moving his or her hands around two metal antennae, the player can - like the conductor of an orchestra - summon music from the air.


Ondes Martenot

The Ondes Martenot is among the earliest successful electronic musical instruments, patented in 1928 by French cellist, radio engineer and visionary Maurice Martenot (1898-1980). The most well-known iteration of the instrument is distinguished by three unique features: a laterally shifting keyboard (which permits vibrato), a ribbon control (which permits unlimited portamento), and special resonant speakers which imbue the sound with an otherworldly resonance. I play an Ondomo, a portable Ondes Martenot which is one of only 100 handmade by the Asaden atelier of Japanese master craftsman Naoyuki Omo  The evocative tones of the instrument can be reminiscent of a violin, cello, flute, or even a human voice.