"Clare has been a close colleague for the last 13 years, and has continually shown herself to be not only an exceptional musician and top-shelf arranger and composer, but a dedicated and caring teacher, always seeking to get the best from her students. Her approach to education, I think, stems from her love of music itself, and a belief that music is essential, vital, and a source of joy. She teaches, writes and performs not from a place of ego, but of love for the craft, and this passion is an inspiration for both her students and her bandmates." Kevin Fox, Formerly The Swingles
"Clare inspired a roomful of nervous singing workshop partcipants to step forward and improvise! Her encouragement and musicianship brought out creativity and confidence in people they never knew they had in them. That is her gift." Anna Tabush, Founder of SingFest
Clare is an experienced workshop leader and ensemble coach, working with choirs and vocal groups all over the world, in all age groups and ability ranges. Whether you are looking for a masterclass to improve your group or choir, or want a workshop in improvisation or songwriting, Clare can offer something new and inspiring. Please contact her via the Contact page for enquiries.
During Covid Clare designed and delivered various online projects, including a remote album project with Aldbeburgh Young Musicians, and filmed a series of instructional videos to provide a beginner's look at jazz style and harmony, both as an improviser and an arranger. If you're looking to enhance your harmonic understanding and language, you can check it out here.
TV Arranger and Vocal Coach
In 2016 Clare worked as one of 6 vocal arrangers and coaches for the BBC1 Prime Time show Pitch Battle alongside Deke Sharon as Vocal Producer, and other arrangers Mark De-Lisser, Richard Beadle, Nick Girard, James Rose and Jack Blume. She coached finalist group Scot Soul, arranging their "Showstopper" collaboration with Soul legend Chaka Khan for the final live episode.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
In 2018 Clare took on the role of Vocal Jazz Faculty Chair at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she teaches jazz singing, aural and transcription, vocal arranging and improvisation. She also runs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a group designed to improve musicianship skills and focus on creative arranging. You can check out their lockdown video here.