Born in Australia, Smith comes from a family of musicians with whom she played chamber music from an early age. She earned a Diploma in Violin Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, followed by an MA in English from the University of Cambridge.
For the past 15 years, she has held editorial positions at Gramophone magazine and The Strade, and as a freelance artistic writer. She became editor-in-chief of The Strad in 2017 and has since worked to develop and integrate the brand’s print and digital platforms.
“I am delighted to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of BBC Music Magazine at a particularly exciting time, as the brand approaches its 30th anniversary,” said Charlotte Smith.
“The magazine gave me my first taste of music journalism shortly after leaving college, and it has paved the way for so many wonderful musical encounters over the years. Therefore, it seems particularly appropriate that I return to BBC Music Magazine at this stage, ready to build on its prestigious reputation. I understand the loyalty and affection that BBC Music Magazine’s large community of readers have for the brand and I want nothing more than to continue to provide informative and entertaining content across all platforms as we look to the future,” she added.
Andrew Davies, Managing Director, Instant Messaging Specialist, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Charlotte to lead BBC Music Magazine in the next phase of its exciting evolution. Charlotte brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and energy to this role and will be leading a superb, well-established team when she takes up the role in January 2022.”
Charlotte Smith will begin her role at BBC Music Magazine on January 10, as the team prepares for its March 2022 issue.