Charlemagne Music is a new company, launched in early 2004 by the Pepin family, to produce CDs featuring the unique counter tenor voice of Nick Pepin, with piano accompaniment by his mother June, and archive recordings of the two-piano duo of Joan Ryall and June Clark (June Pepin), who were an internationally respected piano duo in the 1960s/70s. June Clark is also a prolific composer, many of whose works were published at that time, and which Charlemagne Music is now reissuing.
The recording studio at Old Meadow Barns is in converted seventeenth century barns high in the North Pennines in the lea of Cross Fell, in the small hill town of Alston, the highest market town in ‘England’s Last Wilderness’.
The title of the company alludes to the historic name connection with the French Kings, Pepin le Bref being the father of Charlemagne in the early eighth century Frankish Kingdom. It was thought that the Pepin name first arrived in England at the time of Huguenot unrest in seventeenth century France, though it could possibly have been earlier.
Tom Pepin (younger son) is the studio engineer who edits and masters the recordings of Nick Pepin (elder son) and June Pepin (mother) whilst David Pepin (father) contributes, where appropriate, black and white line drawings, in addition to copious cups of tea!