Charles is Head of Department of Music, and combines academia with life as a pianist. He has performed extensively in Great Britain, Europe, North America, Israel, China and Southern Africa. He has recently given recitals in London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
Charles has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has recorded CDs for the ROSL, Sheldon and Black Box labels. He is a member of the London Archduke Trio and Contemporary Consort. Since 1998, he has performed and given chamber music classes at the Dartington International Summer School and at Curso Internacional de Musica Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain.
Born in London, Charles Wiffen studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and at the Royal College of Music in London.
As well as lecturing at Bath Spa, Charles has lectured at the Royal College of Music where he was Grove Research Fellow from 1998 until 2005. He has also taught at Trinity College of Music in London. Charles is currently editing the piano music of Elgar for the Elgar Complete Edition with Dr Paul Banks. Charles's research career has focused on musical transformation and on music in film. His doctoral dissertation is on the solo piano transcription since 1900. He is in demand as a speaker, and has given pre-concert talks for the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wigmore Hall.