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Born in Leicester, Clare studied at the Purcell School of Music for two years with the trumpet as her principal study. She then went onto study music for her undergraduate degree at Royal Holloway, University of London with an instrumental scholarship, and she graduated in 2014 with a first-class honours. In 2015, she then begun a Masters in composition at Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with Matthew Kaner, graduating in 2018 with a Distinction, followed by a composition Fellowship until July 2019. She was generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, a Vaughan Williams Bursary and she was also a Sydney Vale Scholar.

Clare’s music has been heard on BBC Radio 3, performed by ensembles including musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Plus-Minus Ensemble, and Psappha, and performed at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Wigmore Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, Union Chapel, and at the Cheltenham Festival and Leeds Lieder Festival. She was also selected to be on the London Philharmonic Orchestra Composers Programme, which resulted in a new work for orchestra performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 2019, and was recently on Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme in 2019/20.


With a strong interest in collaboration with other artists, she has collaborated with writers, choreographers and visual artists on numerous projects. For instance, she has worked with choreographer Robert Hemming and the London Contemporary Dance School on a project performed at The Place in 2016, and also collaborated on a performance at Laban Theatre. Additionally, Clare has collaborated with writers and composed the music for three operas. She worked with writer Edward Einhorn on site-specific opera Years ago I died (2018) performed at the Asylum Chapel (Peckham), and composed the music for an immersive chamber opera called Changing Stations (2017), with writer Lila Palmer, produced by workshOPERA and performed at the London Transport Museum. More recently, Clare was commissioned by the Barbican and Museum of London with Lila Palmer to compose an outdoor opera performed in the Sound Unbound Festival, called These Wondering Stones (2019). It took the audience on a journey exploring the history of Cloth Fair, Smithfield. 

Currently, Clare is a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub member, and is composing a new work for the ensemble Nobody's Jig to be performed at Wigmore Hall in June 2021.

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A large proportion of Clare's professional work involves music and composition teaching to a wide variety of ages, outreach, and pastoral support work with young people. For further enquiries about having lessons, please get in touch!

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