Clare College Cambridge

Clare College Music

For the past thirty years, music has had a high profile in the life of the College. A thriving Music Society puts on regular orchestral, choral and chamber concerts, and the Monday Lunchtime recitals are part of the established Cambridge concert calendar during term time. Apart from the music students, many of whom are talented instrumentalists, there are a large number of musicians in College every year, including a strong line-up of Instrumental Award Holders.

Many Clare musicians have gone on to distinguished professional careers in academic or practical music. Sir Roger Norrington (Honorary Fellow) was a Choral Exhibitioner at Clare. The conductors Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr and Dominic Wheeler are former Organ Scholars, and two others, David Dunnett and Stephen Farr, are now cathedral organists at Norwich and Guildford respectively. Distinguished academics include Stephen Banfield, Professor of Music, Birmingham University. Performing musicians include the baroque violinists Margaret Faultless and Andrew Manze (also conductor), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (co-Leader, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), Daniel Pailthorpe (co-principal flautist, BBC Symphony Orchestra) as well as Simon Blendis and Jane Salmon who are members of the Schubert Ensemble. Clare vocal soloists include sopranos Ruth Holton, Angharad Griffyd Jones and Elin Manahan Thomas, and the bass-baritone Simon Bailey. Musicans working in the areas of jazz and musical entertainment include Richard Stilgoe, Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Harvey Brough. The composer John Rutter is a former student, later Director of Music. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow in 2001.

Recent students at Clare include conductor Robin Ticciati, violinist Jamie Campbell and oboist Sasha Calin. New music has also featured highly throughout the years: numerous premières and commissions have taken place, most recently featuring new works by Christopher Willis, Chris Elcombe and Graham Ross.

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