Charley Davenport is a classically-trained freelance cellist based in Wellington, NZ. Originally from Illinois in the US, Charley relocated to Wellington in 2002 for postgraduate studies at Victoria University of Wellington, completing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Postgraduate Diploma of Music in performance cello, and a Master of Music in Musicology (with Distinction) in 2005. Charley features on recordings for bands & film soundtracks & regularly performs with The Troubles jazz band, SMP Ensemble & Grayson Gilmour. In 2014 he toured with The Troubles as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's nationwide Encompass Season. In theatre, Charley has performed in Gareth Farr's musical The Nero Show, critically-acclaimed children's opera Kia Ora Khalid & recorded for Farr's soundtrack in The Conch's production Masi. Charley joined Java Dance Theatre for the Artisan Series in 2011 with RISE, The Wine Project, Dirt 2015, The Creamery 2017, Cheese, Chocolate & Treat 2019 plus Secrets in 2020.