THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE’S – Clare Howard
Clare Howard has played with the Academy of St Olave’s and the Guildhall Orchestra for many years. When not playing Clare works as an artist.
Clare Howard has played with the Academy of St Olave’s and the Guildhall Orchestra for many years. She also enjoys chamber music & playing for York Opera.
Clare Howard was born in Stockton-on-Tees and as a teenager played in Durham County Youth Orchestra and the Northern Junior Philharmonic.
She moved to London to study painting at the Slade School of Fine Art and continued to play the violin, joining the University of London Orchestra, leading the orchestra at Queen Mary College and playing for UCL Opera. She gained valuable experience in Early Music playing and singing with the London University Church choir and later, as a member of the Forest Philharmonic in Walthamstow, she had a hair-raising time learning to tough it out with a particularly sarcastic conductor.
By 2007 Clare had clocked up seventeen years with the Academy of St Olave’s and the Guildhall Orchestra. She enjoys chamber music as well as playing with other groups including York Opera. The concert in 2007 was the second time Clare joined Claire Jowett to play the Bach at St Olave’s and she recommends that anyone else in the orchestra who wants a go should change their name to Clare…or Claire! When not playing Clare teaches art to adults, paints pictures and looks after her family. Her violin is modelled on a Guarnerius and is by the Yorkshire maker Roger Hansell.