Clare Elton

Award: Music-led creative collaboration (Fusion)

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: London


Clare Elton is a composer based in London. She is currently a composition Fellow at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and also on the London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers Programme for 2018/2019, which will result in a new work performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 2019. Born in Leicester, Clare studied at the Purcell School of Music for two years with the trumpet as her principal study. She then went onto study music for her undergraduate degree at Royal Holloway, University of London with an instrumental scholarship, and she graduated in 2014 with a first-class honours. In 2015, she then begun a Masters in composition at Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with Matthew Kaner, graduating in 2018. She was generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, a Vaughan Williams Bursary and she was also a Sydney Vale Scholar. Clare’s music has been heard on BBC Radio 3, performed and workshopped by ensembles such as musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Plus-Minus Ensemble, and Psappha Ensemble, and she has had her music performed at venues including Wigmore Hall and Milton Court Concert Hall. She has collaborated with writers and choreographers on numerous projects. Notable projects include a collaboration with writer Edward Einhorn on a chamber opera performed at the Asylum Chapel, Peckham (2018), a collaboration with writer Lila Palmer and workshOPERA on a site-specific, immersive opera performed at the London Transport Museum (2017), and collaborations with choreographers on two occasions including Robert Hemming and the London Contemporary Dance School on a project performed at The Place (2016), and Sarah Ann Taylor on a piece performed at Laban Theatre (2017). Currently, Clare is working on a commission from the Barbican and Museum of London, which involves the composition of a site-specific work to be performed in May 2019 in the Sound Unbound Festival.