works / bio
Blue Lab, 2017, for orchestra
Dream big for tomorrow..., 2020, for orchestra and improvising vocalist
Elasticity, 2020, for string quartet
Walls and Windows, 2020, for folk ensemble
Lust and Lustre, 2021, for string quartet, flute, clarinet, horn and percussion
Shoot and Leaf and Breath and Feet, 2020, for jazz piano-vocal duo and spoken word
this was a dance, 2019, for piano and percussion
Block, 2017, for piano trio
Charleston, 2019, for piano solo
pieces of string quartet, 2016, for string quartet
Forever Interrupted, 2018, for Oliver Coates
What will the future be? 2020, performed and composed with producer David Coyle and members of the Morley community
A Christmas Carol, 2020, performed and composed with producer David Coyle and Sherman Theatre
Ebb and Flow, performed and composed with visual artist Sally Maclachlan
Strange and Wild / Remote and Unfamiliar, 2018, for choir, trumpet and folk ensemble
Angels We Have Heard on High, 2017, for choir
Opra sebon 2020, opera scenes
Interlude, 2021, for SSAATTBB vocal ensemble
Claire Victoria Roberts: Biography
Described as ‘one of Wales's leading composers’ by Wales Arts Review, Claire Victoria Roberts's music has been performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Psappha Ensemble, cellist Oliver Coates, Opra Cymru, Uproar Ensemble, trumpeter Simon Desbruslais, Camden Symphony Orchestra, The Carice Singers and harpist Anne Denholm.
Claire is the Winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2019-2020, as well as 2017 winner of the Mathias Composition prize, and 2019 winner of a Francis Chagrin award. She has been broadcast on Radio 3, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru.
Outside of the concert hall, Claire's music revolves around collaborative processes and curation, working with jazz and folk improvisers, spoken word, dance, music facilitation, and visuals. Her RPS commission involved making her Wigmore Hall debut with a jazz song cycle written for voice and piano. She looks forward to combining her career as a jazz vocalist with composing contemporary classical repertoire, on an upcoming album and an orchestral commission featuring jazz vocals with CSO.
Research and Writing
Funded by the Parry Williams Scholarship, Claire has written a research project titled The Adaptable Composer: Context and Collaboration, focusing on flexible work methods for creatives. She is a regular contributor of interviews and features for Music Teacher Magazine, and has written articles and reviews for Classical Music Magazine, Early Music Magazine, The Skinny and The Cusp. OAE commissioned Claire to write an article on the Value of Digital art, which can be read here:
Claire has undertaken scriptwriting and presenting for Gaydio’s Arts and Culture programme, as well as presenting talks for the Ligeti Conference, St Hugh’s Music Society, Bangor Music Festival and Black Mountain Jazz festival, the latter described as “bursting with delights, thoroughly prepared, smartly executed” by Jazz Journal. Her experience in audio includes presenting a show on community radio station All fm, which lead to a month’s internship at 6 Music.