Originally from Bath, Claire studied piano, harpsichord, fortepiano and clavichord at the Royal College of Music in London. She graduated in 1999 with a BMus and two diplomas to her name, having won a clutch of prizes and awards along the way.
Claire subsequently completed a Master’s degree at Trinity College of Music, studying harpsichord and chamber organ with James Johnstone. Since graduating, she has worked with a wide range of ensembles in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, and the Baroque Collective. She is a regular member of Musica Secreta, Flautotonic, Southwark Baroque, and a founder member of Baroque Encounter.
Claire has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St John's, Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Bolivar Hall, Fairfield Halls, 1901 Arts Club, and at events including Manchester, Bath, and Chelsea Festivals, Brighton Early Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival, Spitalfields Music, and she has been a guest artist at the Latitude Festival and Dartington International Summer School.
Alongside her demanding performance schedule, Claire finds time to teach the piano and harpsichord, and regularly gives recitals at Handel & Hendrix in London. She can also occasionally be found shark diving, as a qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver.
Claire is delighted to have been re-awarded the Fellowship in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music for 2017-18.
‘…Williams produced a consistently supportive and stylish continuo…’
Jonathan Wikeley, Early Music Today