LEFT-HAND PIANO MUSIC
Clare completed a doctorate on twentieth-century left-hand piano concertos in 2012, under Professor Rhian Samuel at City University London and Ronan O'Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her thesis explored discourses surrounding the body, virtuosity, and the respective roles of composer and performer. You can read a summary of the thesis here.
While studying for her doctorate, Clare presented conference papers at the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, York, Lancaster and Liverpool Hope, and gave lecture recitals as part of research series at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She was convenor for the RMA Study Day 'Performing Musicology' which took place at City University London in June 2011 and, in 2012-14, gave research presentations at Oxford, Manchester, York, Belfast, Sussex, Bath Spa and Surrey Universities.
Clare often includes left-hand pieces in recital programmes and has given numerous lectures on the subject, both in academic and less formal environments. She regularly leads seminars, performance classes and composition workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students at universities across the UK.
Clare completed her undergraduate studies at Cambridge University, where she gained a double first, and received a full award for her postgraduate studies from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She supervised at the University of Cambridge in Performance Studies and Analysis from 2011-13, led a seminar on Performance Studies for Master's students at City University London and was Artist-in-Residence at Queen's University Belfast in 2012-13.
▸ Watch Clare speaking about Britten's Diversions for the Britten-Pears Foundation's 'Work of the Week' series here: