Biography

Claire is an established musician and a graduate of Trinity College of Music. Based in London, Claire plays all the saxophones, flutes and clarinets, working in television, studio, West End shows, Big Bands and symphony orchestras.

Amongst the many stars she has performed with are:-

Bon Jovi
Westlife
Abba
Kylie
Chaka Khan
The Feeling
Kerry Ellis
Jodie Prenger
Charlotte Church
Will Young
Jamie Cullum
Michael Bublé
Jamelia
Jason Donovan
McFly
Patrick Swayze
Cliff Richard
Rod Stewart
Boyz II Men
Leona Lewis
Bruce Forsyth
Denise Van Outen
Elaine Paige
Brooke Sheilds
Marty Pellow
Alison Moyet
Curtis Stigers
Lucie Silvas
Judi Dench
Katherine Jenkins
Lulu
Beth Nielsen- Chapman
Julian Lloyd Webber

Darcy Busell
Paul Anka
Elaine Stritch
Sir John Dankworth
Dame Cleo Laine
Kiri Te Kanawa
Michael Ball
Andrea Bocelli
Angelina Jordan
Caro Emerald
Jack Savoretti
Andreas Varady
Paul Weller
Mick Hucknall
Corinne Bailey Rae

Bryn Terfel
Kevin Spacey
Ewan McGregor
Al Martino
Petula Clarke
Clare Sweeney
Clare Teal
Claire Martin
John Barrowman
Peter Kay
Joan Rivers
Al Murray
Dame Edna Everage
Mel Brooks
Jimmy Tarbuck
Idina Menzel
Dionne Warwick
Michael Bolton
Leslie Garrett
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
Tony Hatch
Paloma Faith
Aleisha Dixon
Tom Jones
Mica Paris
K.T. Tunstall
Scouting for Girls
Priscilla Presley
Fran Healy from Travis
Imelda May
Fyfe Dangerfield from The Guillemots
Tony Hadley
Craig David
Tony Christie
Suzi Quatro
Mel C
Taking Care of Business (Elvis’ backing band)
Lalah Hathaway
Mark Ronson
Beverley Knight
Jacob Collier
Jess Glynne
Jonah Nilsson

This is of course not mentioning that she is no stranger to appearing at major venues including Wembley and Glastonbury with musical legends including Barry Manilow, Dame Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett. She has just returned from a fantastic European tour in the horn section for Seal.

She has been spotted, saxophone in hand, on national TV as a member of the house bands on:

"Chris Moyles' Quiz Night" - house band series 1 and 2
John Barrowman's "Tonight's the Night" - house band series 1
"Parkinson" - house band for 3 years
"Strictly Come Dancing" - Laurie Holloway Orchestra
"Dancing In The Streets" - BBC Live Dance Extravaganza
"The Southbank Show Awards" with Julian Lloyd Webber
"Jonathan Ross show" with John Barrowman
"I'd Do Anything - The Search for Nancy and Oliver" - house band
"X-Factor" - big band night last 4 years
BBC Electric Proms with Dame Shirley Bassey.
"Royal Variety Show" - ITV - 2 years
"Any Dream Will Do"- rehearsal cover

Claire is also a well established West End musician, appearing over the years in a variety of productions, most notably:

"Dreamgirls"
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
"Legally Blonde"
"Dirty Dancing"
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
"West Side Story"
"Phantom of the Opera"
"The Full Monty"
"Chicago - The Musical"
"Saturday Night Fever"
"The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas"
"Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang"
"Guys and Dolls"
"My One and Only"
"Spamalot"
"Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat"
"Elaine Stritch - At Liberty"
"Songs My Mother Taught Me - Lorna Luft's Tribute to her mother Judy Garland"
"Hello Dolly"
"Gigi"
"HMS Pinafore"
"La Cage Aux Folles"
“Singin’ In The Rain”
“Top Hat”
“Ragtime”

Claire has also just recently played saxophone on the soundtrack for the latest Harry Potter film recorded at EMI Abbey Road studios. She has also played on the cast album of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical "Love Never Dies".

She also played saxophones and assorted woodwind for the soundtracks of “Episodes” and the new series of “Upstairs, Downstairs”.

She works extensively for the BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bert Kaempfert Orchestra, The New Ted Heath Orchestra, Back To Basie Orchestra, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the RTE National Concert Orchestra of Ireland. She has also played Principal Flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in their Bernstein on Broadway concert series under Karl Jenkins.