Claire was born in Scotland and raised in Inkpen, near Newbury. She was educated at the School of S. Helen and S. Katharine in Abingdon and went on to graduate with a music degree from the University of Durham. She then completed an MMus in Singing Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by the Barcapel Foundation Scholarship. She was winner of the coveted Governor's Recital Prize. Claire subsequently undertook postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal College of Music; her teacher is Lillian Watson.
Claire's solo concert work includes Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers at St. John's, Smith Square; Christmas concerts with the City of London Choir at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Haydn's Creation with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Orchestra under the late Sir Philip Ledger, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Handel's Messiah with the Dunedin Consort. In 2013, Claire was the soprano soloist with Newbury Choral Society for their performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer and most recently she was soloist with St Albans Bach Choir for Handel’s Israel in Egypt.
Claire’s work in opera includes the role of Albina in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago and cover of Norina in Don Pasquale by Donizetti, both with Garsington Opera; Soprano Soloist in the world premiere of Ornamental Happiness, part of a theatre/circus show at The Unity Theatre, Liverpool; Giannetta in The Elixir of Love by Donizetti with Grange Park Opera and on tour for Pimlico Opera; Despina in Il Trespolo Tutore by Stradella with New Chamber Opera; the role of First Boy and cover of Papagena in The Magic Flute by Mozart with British Youth Opera.
In 2012 Claire was a soloist with London Early Opera for their recording of a CD of works by Handel, due for release shortly.
Claire is a deputy with the BBC Singers and is a member of the Choir of the King’s Consort and London Voices, with whom she sang in the Chinese premiere of Britten’s Peter Grimes in Beijing in 2013.
Forthcoming solo engagements include a performance of Monteverdi’s 1650 Vespers with Hull Bach Choir and Handel’s Messiah with Gloucester Choral Society, conducted by Adrian Partington.