A summary of Baron Charlie Lush's interesting life.
Born in Cumbria on Burns Day in 1958, Baron Charlie Lush, eldest son of Dr Warren Lush and great-great-grandson of the renowned Victorian judge, Lord Justice Robert Lush PC, was privately educated at Bramcote and Sherborne before heading off to Switzerland to learn French and polyphonic composition with the Hungarian composer, Andras Kovach, himself a former pupil of Kodaly and close friend of Sibelius. On return to England, he took his first degree and Fellowship in Composition at the London College of Music with guidance from Sir Lennox Berkeley, a former protégé of the highly-esteemed Nadia Boulanger. He then began a career in teaching at Stoke Brunswick and Cheam where he also gained a Licentiate Diploma of the Royal Photographic Society and directed his own chamber ensemble the Newbury Chamber Consort with moral support from Christopher Finzi, son of the composer Gerald and brother-in-law of the late Jacqueline du Pre. Whilst still at Cheam, he also served as private tutor to one of the Earl of Shelburne's sons at Bowood House in Wiltshire.
In 1990, Baron Lush moved to Scotland to take up another teaching and housemastering post at Croftinloan near Pitlochry after which he taught a variety of subjects in a number of different schools including Ardvreck, Kilgraston and both Butterstones. After managing and buying for three departments at McEwens of Perth, he then turned his attention towards writing, enjoyed a highly successful book-signing at James Thin's, Perth, in 2000 with his first mature novel Single Fury and his collection of poetry Selected Poems and began researching for a biography of one of his famous collateral ancestors, Sir Charles Locock Bt, Queen Victoria's favourite physician and celebrated obstetrician. During the course of this research, he helped a member of the Locock family raise a petition in the courts to extract a DNA sample from one of his ancestors who was alleged to have been the illegitimate son of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise, and the whole affair attracted considerable media attention including plans for a documentary by Endemol UK. Sadly, these plans never materialised although he did take part in a documentary on the subject for Radio 4's Today programme and, in relation to his other writings, gave two interviews on Heartland FM.
The year 2000 marked the next phase in the Baron's varied life. After taking a course of flying lessons at Scone Aerodrome, not only did he matriculate at St Andrews University for a Joint Hons degree in Art History and Modern History but, shortly afterwards, having been inspired by one of his younger and very gifted colleagues, he also took up the brush for the first time in his creative life. Then, in 2003, he held his first solo exhibition at the museum in North Street, the first of its kind to be held by a single student at that university. During his four years at St Andrews, he also led an art historians' expedition to Florence, sang and played in many of the ensembles, shot for the claypigeon club as captain of the second team and gained his colours for shooting.
After graduating in 2004, Baron Lush then self-published a biography of the Edwardian artist, John Brakewell Baldwin, on whom he remains the leading authority, before being invited to jointly represent Scotland in Channel 5's Big Art Challenge which he did with his large-scale political satire The Iraq War at Home. And besides teaching field sports at Gleneagles and Dunkeld House, he took part in many joint exhibitions including an all-British show in New York. In 2007, he was then invited to take part in the reality-TV show Ladette to Lady which he also did the following year as Governor of the notorious girls' finishing school. At about the same time, he took up shooting in the longbow and soon became captain of Scotland's largest open longbow club, a position he won on two consecutive occasions. As captain of the said Scottish club, he also shot for England in Wales during the European Field Championships and picked up a number of medals at other events. But the 'Red Baron' was never far from the eye of the media and, in 2010, was invited to apply for a place in the new Big Brother 11 house. After defeating some fifteen thousand other applicants, he made it through five months of rigorous processing to the Trial Run and was the first housemate to enter the dazzling new house where a bottle of champagne awaited his arrival and that of his fellow housemates!
More recently, Baron Lush gave an archery presentation and demonstration to thirty international journalists in the grounds of Dunkeld House in connection with the UK launch of the Disney film Brave and helped entertain the Scottish Rugby Team. He also completed another romantic novel Mutual Friends before taking up the post of Fishery Manager at Butterstone Loch near Dunkeld where he was employed by Highland Offroad (3) Ltd, a subsidiary company of Land Rover Experience Scotland. As fishery manager, groundsman and janitor of this corner of Cardney Estate, set in an idyllic Perthshire location, this was a job he very much enjoyed until the fishery was closed at the end of the 2014 season. In April, 2014, he not only completed his latest novella The Romanian Girl but also featured in the recent Hooked-Up series filmed at Butterstone Loch for flyfishingchannel.tv now available on YouTube. Since the end of 2014, he has worked his dogs on local estates where he has also hosted, loaded and instructed, done a stint at The House of Bruar, published four volumes of his epic autobiography The Baron's Tale now available both as an e-book and paperback on Amazon and worked as a regular field sports instructor at County Clays, Dunkeld Park. He has also undertaken a number of portrait commissions and continues to keep himself busy in a number of creative ways. And returning to the ancient sport of archery after a ten-year break, he has once again become a familiar figure on Scotland's field archery courses.