Claire attended Wanganui from 1988 to 1991.  She was born in Shepparton and attended Gowrie Street Primary School where she began violin lessons at the age of five.  She made quick progress with her wonderful teacher Wendy Oakes and remembers loving her lessons. 

Thanks to very dedicated parents, at the age of 11 Claire began travelling to Melbourne for lessons.  This was a tough choice as it encroached on Saturday netball, another great passion of hers.  At Wanganui Claire was always involved in the music department and school productions.  Many lunch times were spent in the music rooms singing, playing piano and generally larking about with other musically-minded friends.

After four years at Wanganui, Claire went to Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne and then on to the University of Melbourne.  She started an Arts/Science degree but realised quickly that she wanted to study music.  She transferred to the Faculty of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours, majoring in Performance.  Whilst a student she began working professionally with the State Orchestra of Victoria.

Immediately after finishing Uni Claire was offered a position with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with whom she worked for two years.  Itchy feet then got the better of her and in 2001 she set off for London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing a Masters degree in Advanced Instrumental Studies.

In 2004 Claire was appointed Principal Second Violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Living in Edinburgh and playing with the SCO was incredibly inspiring and played a major role in Claire's musical development.  After seven years with the SCO Claire moved back to London and is now Co-Principal Second Violin with English National Opera.  She also continues to pursue freelance work and is regularly invited as a guest principal with many of the other prominent orchestras in the UK.   

She has returned to Australia several times to play with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is a founder member of the Australian World Orchestra who earlier this year performed with Sir Simon Rattle at the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall and will embark on a tour of India with Zubin Mehta in October. 

Several years ago Claire became interested in period instrument performance and subsequently began playing with period groups such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner's prestigious Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Claire feels fortunate to have toured extensively throughout Europe, North, Central and South America and Asia.  She has performed in some of the world's great concert halls She performs regularly during the BBC Proms season each summer at the Royal Albert Hall, London.  When not playing in orchestras Claire can often be found playing at Abbey Road or one of the other recording studios in London for films and TV.  She played on the soundtrack for some of the Harry Potter films and TV series such as Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.

 

Whilst juggling her music career in London, Claire lives with her husband Robin (also a musician!) and their two very energetic little boys Oliver and Elliot.​



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