Oxford Philomusica, City of London Chamber Players, Orion Chamber Orchestra (Co-Leader), The Kensington Sinfonia. Clare is currently on trial with both the Halle and Welsh National Opera.
Training orchestras Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra, London Orpheus Players (Leader), Christ Church College Orchestra (Leader), Oxford University Orchestra, Trinity College of Music Ensembles, Orchestra Élan (Leader 2nd violins), Haydon Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Bach Orchestra (Co-leader), New Chamber Opera (Leader), Oxford Sinfonietta, Holywell Chamber Players, Christ Church Festival Orchestra, The Manresa Chamber Orchestra (Leader)
Recordings and Broadcasts:
Clare enjoys a blossoming career as a professional violinist, working as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. She has just completed a trial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for 1st and 2nd violin and has recently been added to the exra list for Northern Ballet. In 2009 Clare was part of Southbank Sinfonia and has gone on to work with the orchestra at The National Theatre for the 2010 revival of Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn's play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Other recent experiences include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, The Handel Festival, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and side-by-side projects with BBC Concert Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Clare has accumulated diverse experience of recording and broadcasting. Last year she recorded two CDs with Southbank Sinfonia, tenor Andrew Kennedy and oboist Melinda Maxwell. The orchestra also recorded a variety light music with the BBC Concert Orchestra which was broadcast on Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme. Clare recorded Handel's Messiah with Southbank Sinfonia at York Minster which was broadcast by Classic FM on Christmas Day 2009. She also performed the solo violin part of Goodall's anthem We Are God's Labourers with Christ Church Cathedral Choir which was broadcast live on Radio 3.
Clare particularly enjoys orchestral music and in 2004 she was awarded the Oxford Philomusica String Apprenticeship whereby she performed with Oxford's resident professional orchestra. She also led and co-founded Christ Church College Orchestra and became President of Christ Church Music Society which involved managing and directing numerous concerts and recitals.
Clare is a keen chamber musician and recently performed Schubert's Octet in The Royal Opera House Crush Room recital series. She also plays with The Dovetail Quartet who performed as part of St. Martin-in-the-Fields recital series. They play at numerous concerts, venues and functions in and around London and the South-East. The Dovetail Quartet also works on Cruise liners performing all over the world. They have a website with further information at http://www.dovetailquartet.co.uk.
As a soloist Clare recently performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Haydon Chamber Orchestra. In Oxford she performed many solo recitals as part of Christ Church Music Society's concert series.
Oxford University Music - BA (Hons) 1st Class (2002 - 2005); Trinity College of Music - PGDip Performance (Distinction) (2006 - 2007)
Prizes and Awards
Jana Sims, Brian Lloyd-Wilson, Caroline Balding, Jennifer Nickson, Clare Thompson (current)
Masterclasses & courses: The Dovetail Quartet Masterclass - Wihan String Quartet, Britten-Pears Course - Conductor Alexander Polianichko.
Clare joined Morgensterns in April 2008
Clare's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019
Outreach work and experience with Southbank Sinfonia:
"This fascinating evening of music ended with an eloquent performance of Dvorak's American Quartet. The sweet nostalgia of the Lento, with its expressive violin melody echoed by the cello was particularly effective, as was the energetic, heartfelt Finale." Michael Gray's review of Dovetail Quartet's performance for KEG's Art Society Oct 15 2008 in The Essex Chronicle.