Classical soprano, Durham graduate, Francophone, Royal Academy of Music, London.
Claire studies with Professor Susan McCulloch and Andrew Smith through the Royal Academy of Music. Claire has been both a soloist and chorus member for the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and has recently returned from an Italian Opera Summer School with the RAM. She graduated in June 2016 from Durham University with a First Class Honours degree in Combined Honours in Arts: Music and French. Claire spent the third year of her undergraduate degree in Toulouse, France, studying simultaneously at L'Université Jean Jaurès (Musicology) and at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (Classical voice) where she studied with Anne Fondeville and Nicolas Kaitasov. She also was both a chorus member and soloist with L'Ensemble Baroque de Toulouse. Claire is a two-time Samling Academy graduate and has participated in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Susan Bullock, Patricia MacMahon, Caroline Dowdle, Benjamin Appl and Jean-Paul Pruna. Oratorio solos include Bach Cantata 202, Vaughan WIlliams' Serenade to Music, Schubert Mass in G, Haydn's Little Organ Mass, Duruflé's Requiem and Bach Cantata 78. Operatic roles include Yum-Yum, Micaela, and Mary Crawford. Claire has studied the role of Despina on British Youth Opera Workshops and the roles of Susanna and Gretel through the RAM . She has also been chorus for Opera Brava (Madam Butterfly) and Ryedale Festival Opera (The Merry Widow). Originally a first-study pianist, Claire has competed in a number of competitions and festivals across the South-East including the Mid-Sussex Festival and Reigate and Redhill Music and Drama Festival. In 2009 Claire was selected by concert pianist Richard Meyrick as one of three "Pianoman scholars" in the country. Claire is also an enthusiastic teacher, with five years tutoring experience of both singing and piano. She also leads the singing section of Summer Camps Le Rosey, an international, bilingual summer school in Switzerland, where she is also a teacher of piano and of English as a foreign language. She is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Trust and the Royal Academy of Music.
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