Claire Ward

Soprano

About

Claire is a British/Irish soprano based in London. In 2022 Claire joined City Music Foundation, became an Opera Prelude Young Artist and returned to perform with Opera Holland Park in the chorus of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. A regular performer with Live Music Now, Claire was also a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2019. Previous roles include Frantik in the Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Holland Park in 2021, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro which Claire understudied at The Grange Festival in 2019. In the same year Claire sang the role of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Royal Academy of Music and made her Oxford Lieder debut with pianist Guy Murgatroyd. Claire performed Bach Cantatas as part of the Snape Maltings Proms 2019, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe and as a student, regularly performed in the Kohn Foundation/RAM Bach Cantata series with solo highlights of Bach’s Wedding Cantata BVW 202 in June 2017 and Mass in F major in October 2018. Further concert highlights include Brahms Requiem, Smyth Mass in D, Macdowall Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass as well as Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Mass in C Minor in De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Listen and Watch

Upcoming Events

Saturday 12th November, 7pm

Reflection and Remembrance: Requiems by Fauré and Charpentier

Figure Ensemble: Choir and step-out soloist

Union Chapel, London

November 2022 – January 2023

Live Music Now Residency

Performer and Workshop Leader

Weekly private events

November – December 2022

Opera Prelude Schools workshops

Performer and Workshop leader

Various private dates

Thursday 1st December, 6pm

Opera Prelude: A Christmas Concert 

with Henley schools

Christchurch, Henley

Saturday 3rd December, 7pm

Nevill Holt Opera: Handel’s Messiah

Choir and step-out soloist

Nevill Holt Theatre

Sunday 4th December, 3pm

Nevill Holt Opera: Handel’s Messiah

Choir and step-out soloist

The Monastery, Manchester

Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm

Poulenc, Gloria: Thames Philharmonic Choir

Soprano soloist

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames

Wednesday 18th January , 1pm

City Music Foundation recital: Handel’s Europe

The Great Hall, Barts Heritage

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Saturday 28th January , 7pm

Handel’s Europe

St George’s Church, Westcombe Park SE3

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Teaching & Outreach

Claire is an accomplished voice and piano teacher with experience working with all ages, from young children to older adults. She holds a Distinction in the LRAM, the vocal pedagogy certificate from the Royal Academy of Music, an MA from the Royal Academy of Music and a First Class Honours degree in Music and French from Durham University. She has taught across the UK, France and Switzerland, for organisations including Brent Music Service, Blackheath Conservatoire and Summer Camps at Institut Le Rosey. She has successfully prepared students for ABRSM exams, Oxbridge choral scholarship auditions, competitions and performances.

She enjoys helping students grow in confidence, improve technique and explore a variety of repertoire and does so with a supportive and tailored approach.

Claire is also a workshop leader and performer in participatory concerts in a variety of settings.

If you are interested in lessons or workshop activities please do not hesitate to get in touch for prices and availability.

“Claire’s teaching has completely changed the way I sing. Her enthusiastic and fresh approach to singing completely opened me up and my singing has taken leaps and bounds with her help. I am now a choral scholar at St.John’s College, Oxford and her help to prepare for the audition process was indispensable.”

18 year old singing student

“Claire has taught our children piano for many years now. Her positive and encouraging approach has meant they have stuck at it through secondary school while many of their peers have given up. Claire’s calm and approachable exterior, hides a very well organised, professional musician.

Parent of two piano students

Qualifications

  • LRAM in Vocal Pedagogy with Distinction, Royal Academy of Music (2020)
  • DipRAM Vocal Performance, Royal Academy of Music (2019)
  • Master of Arts with Distinction, Royal Academy of Music (2019)
  • BA First Class Honours Combined Honours in Arts, French and Music, Durham University (2016)
  • Participant on Samling Academy (2013-2015)
  • Exchange student at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse (2014-2015)
  • Languages: Native English Speaker, fluent French Speaker, Conversational German (B1)