Australian-born musician Clare Clements has been fascinated with music from her earliest memories and could sing before she could talk. Formal piano and theory lessons led her to study Music, as well as History and English Literature, at Melbourne University. An interest in piano accompaniment grew naturally from feeling music as a deeply connecting human experience and, eager to explore this further, she came to Britain to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. After completing her Master of Music in Performance, she joined the staff of the RNCM as Lecturer and Accompanist whilst maintaining a busy chamber music career, accompanying instrumentalists and singers in recitals and broadcasts throughout the UK, Ireland, Austria, France, Holland and her native Australia.
Now living in London, Clare continues to enjoy a varied performing schedule with her chamber group ‘Insieme’ , as well as coaching young chamber music groups and teaching piano and theory privately. She has also worked as a Lecturer at Morley College and run workshops for singers in London and the Shetland Islands. She expanded her music-making to include engaging with larger groups, making her conducting debut in 2005 with Mendelssohn’s Elijah and has since conducted the Verdi Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Carmina Burana and Judas Maccabeus.
More recently, in 2015, Clare conducted her first opera, as the Musical Director of Insieme, for their Off West End Award-winning production of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at Wilton’s Music Hall.
Clare’s interests are wide-ranging and she is passionate about sharing her love of music with audiences, students and both amateur and professional musicians, as well as through her work in the UK and abroad as an Examiner for Trinity College London.