Claire

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Claire first started Violin at the age of 6, and thanks to a thriving musical community, she soon began lessons on the Piano and Recorder. At the age of 15, Claire was fortunate enough to commence studies on the Harp with a County Scholarship at the High Wycombe Music Centre, and after only three years (and endless hours of practice!), she was accepted onto the Harp course at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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After joining Birmingham Conservatoire, studying under Catherine White, Claire took part in numerous concerts in both Birmingham and London having been conducted by notable conductors such as Elgar Howarth, Michael Seale, Lionel Friend and Edward Gardner. Whilst studying at Birmingham conservatoire, Claire was accepted on an Erasmus exchange program at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo in 2010 and studied under Willy Postma in Autumn 2011.

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Claire has been in masterclasses taken by Isabelle Perrin, David Watkins, Imogen Barford, Charlotte Seale, Lucy Wakeford, Sunniva Rødland Wettre, Danielle Perrett, Skaila Kanga, Sebastian Lipmann, Catrin Finch and Eira Lynn Jones. Claire is now the Harpist of Aalesund Symphony Orchestra in Northern Norway, Queen’s Park Sinfonia in the West Midlands, and is hired regularly as a freelance Harpist throughout London and the South East.

Highlights of Claire’s career to date have been taking part in a live broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on the Norwegian Radio Station NRK, and playing in Kings Place, London, with the London Chamber Music Society.

Claire also can teaches Harp, Violin, Piano, Recorder and Music Theory. Claire has an ample of experience teaching large groups of children and taking music workshops for young children. Claire is available to perform for weddings, private functions and events. She regularly performs not only as a soloist but also in chamber groups and in orchestras as a freelance Harpist.

Repertoire List
Solo Repertoire
Andres – Absidioles
Alvars – Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo
Bach – Fugue in D minor
Boschsa – Celebres Etudes pour la Harpe
Bischa – Etude number 5
Britten – Suite for Harp
Debussy – 1st Arabesque
Dussek – Sonata
Faure – Impromptu
Faure – Fugue in D minor
Flothuis – Pour Le Tombeau d’Orphee
Glinka – Nocturne
Godefroid – Etude De Concert
Glinka – Nocturne
Glinka – Variations on a theme of Mozart
Grandjany Fantasie sur Une Theme de Haydn
Handel – Theme and variations
Handel – Passacaglia
Hasselmans – Follets
Hasselmans – La Source
Haydn – Theme and Variations
Hindemith – Sonate
Naderman – Sonata 1-5
Nino Rota –Toccata
Parry – Sonata in D
Pierne – Impromptu Caprice
Prokofieff – Prelude in C
Roussel – Impromptu
Saint Saens – Fantasie in A minor
Salzedo – Chanson dans la nuit
Spohr – Fantasie
Tchaikovsky – June, Barcarole
Tournier – Au Matin
Tournier – Vers La Source dans le Bois
Zabel – La Source
Easy Listening Classical
Arioso – Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach – Air on G String
Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach – Minuet
Bach – Premier Prelude
Bach – Sarabande
Bach – Wachet Auf
Bach –May sheep safely graze
Beethoven – Adagio from Pathetique
Chopin – Berceuse
Chopin – Etude 3
Chopin – Fantasy Impromptu
Chopin – Raindrop Prelude
Debussy – Clair de Lune, Arabesque
Delibes – Flower Duet
Elgar – Chanson de matin
Faure – Berceuse
Faure – Pavane
Glinka – Variations on a theme of Mozart
Glinka- Nocturne
Greig – Morning from ‘Peer Gynt Suite’
Handel – Air from Water Music
Handel – Arriva of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Largo
Hasselmans – La Source
Marlotte – The Lord’s Prayer
Massenet – Meditation from Thais
McDowell – To A Wild Rose
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
Monteclair – Air
Offenbach – Barcarolle
Pachelbel Canon
Puccini – O Mio Babbino Caro
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Sain Saens – The Swan
Satie – Premier Gymnopedie
Satie – Troisieme Gymnopedie
Schubert – Ave Maria
Schubert – Ave Maria
Schubert – Serenade
Schumann – Traumerai
Smetana – Vltava
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Wagner – Bridal Chorus

Romantic Songs
A Summer Place And I Love You So Evergreen From this Moment On Hawaiian Wedding Song Lady Let it be Me Moondance My Love Never my Love The Prayer Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head The Rose Send in the Clowns Somewhere in Time Tara’s Theme (My Own True Love) (from Gone With the Wind) Through the Eyes of Love (from Ice Castles) Time to Say Goodbye Wedding Song Wind Beneath My Wings

Jazz
All The Things You Are Moon River
As Time Goes By
American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Autumn Leaves Bidin’ My Time
But Not For Me
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Days of Wine and Roses – Mancini
Domino
Dream – Mercer
Embraceable You
Fools Rush In – Bloom
Forbidden Games
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Lady Be Good
La Vie en Rose – Louiguy
Lover, Come Back to Me – Romberg
Lullaby of the Leaves
Long Ago and Far Away
Malaguena
My Favourite Things Misty – Garner
My Funny Valentine
Moonlight in Vermont
Over the Rainbow
Prelude no.2
Rhythm of the Rain – Gummoe Summertime
Secret Love – Fain
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Somebody Loves Me – Gershwi Someone to Watch Over Me
Softly, as in a Morning
Soon it’s Gonna Rain
Sunrise – Romberg
Summertime
The Man I Love
The Way You Look Tonight
Watch What Happens
What a difference a day makes
What a wonderful World
Where or When
Yesterday

Andrew Lloyd Webber
From The Phantom of the Opera
Angel of Music Think of Me The Music of the Night (excerpt) The Phantom of the Opera All I Ask of You

From Cats
Memory from Evita: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from Tell Me On a Sunday: Tell Me On a Sunday

From Requiem
Pie Jesu from Starlight Express: Starlight Express

From Jesus Christ Superstar
I Don’t Know How to Love Him

Chamber Music/Ensemble Music
(Harp and String Orchestra
Bax – Fantasy (Viola, Flute and Harp)
Bax – Sonata (Viola and Harp)
Britten – A Ceremony of Carols
Debussy – Danses Sacree et Profance
Debussy Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Handel – Harp Concerto in B flat
Ibert – Deux Interludes (Flute, Violin and Harp)

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