He is the founder of the long running INTERNATIONAL MBIRA GATHERINGS, which occur throughout the year and include ZIMBABWE IN DEVON, CLAN MBIRA SCOTLAND, MBIRA MU BAKO (MBIRA IN THE CAVES) in Seuilly, France, MBIRA PA GUNGWA (MBIRA BY THE SEA) and MBIRA MU GOMO (MBIRA IN THE MOUNTAINS), in the Kootenay Mountains, Canada.
Chartwell is a WOMAD FOUNDATION recommended artist, and often collaborates and performs with the SERONA STRING QUARTET.
He has taught at WOMAD, THE TRIBE OF DORIS, DRUM VILLAGE: Glen Isla Scotland, PLYMOUTH MUSIC ZONE, TAKE ART!, DARTINGTON PLUS and the CREDITON RURAL ARTS MUSIC PROJECT CREATIVE FACTORY WORKSHOPS, in conjunction with QUEEN ELIZABETH COMMUNITY COLLEGE and THE GUILDHALL.
In the US, Chartwell has worked with a number of universities, including Winthrop University (South Carolina), New York University, The University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Grinnell College, Iowa.
Chartwell works with many choirs, including VOICE HOUSE: Song Works (Edinburgh), BIG SKY: The Voice Project (Norfolk), AMABILE AND POCO GIRLS CHOIR (Cumbria) and HEARTBEAT (Suffolk).
Mhararano Mbira Academy
Chartwell is the founder of the Mhararano Mbira Academy in Devon, England, which is built upon the values of connection, learning and change. ‘Mhararano’ which means ‘the cross roads’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, is an educational movement responding to and connecting with nature and the individual needs of people.
In developing the Mbira Academy we want to acknowledge and support the ancestors, the elders and the younger people, with wisdom and understanding of the life challenges that they face.
To build and grow the Mbira Academy to explore community, identity and learning through the mbira.
• CONNECTING people and their environment
• SUPPORTING our planet and all life on it
• PRACTISING honesty and ritual
• RESPECTING each other, our art and the ancestors
• FINDING non-traditional ways of measuring outcomes
The Mhararano Mbira Academy’s website is www.mbira-academy.org.uk
For more information, visit Chartwell’s main website at www.chartwelldutiro.com