Clare Norburn first knew she wanted to sing at the age of four. After reading music at Leeds University and singing at London College of Music, she fell in love with medieval music, joining the group Mediva (finalists in the York International Young Artists Competition and selected for Southbank Centre’s Fresh Young Artists Series), Eclipse and Vox Animae, with whom she has recorded and performed medieval abbess, Hildegard of Bingen’s music drama Ordo Virtutum. She has performed at The Purcell Room, The Bridgewater Hall and at festivals including Spitalfields Music, Brighton Festival, Newbury Spring Festival and Buxton Festival.
In 2010 Clare started writing, developing a new genre of concert/plays for actors with live music, initially for The Telling. Her most recent commission Burying the Dead (2018) for the ensemble Ceruleo, was directed by Thomas Guthrie and funded by Arts Council England. It is touring 2018/19 including a recent performance at LSO St Lukes. It was featured on Radio 4’s Today .
Her Beethoven’s Quartet Journey (6 concert/plays to accompany a full cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets) for The Dante Quartet was featured on Radio 4’s Today with performances across the UK including Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds, St George’s Bristol and Southbank Centre’s Study Day.
Breaking the Rules (“vivid and daring one man psychodrama” The Guardian) is a collaboration with vocal ensemble The Marian Consort, with actor Gerald Kyd as composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, directed by Nicholas Renton. It has toured most major UK festivals/venues since 2016 including Cheltenham, Bath, Newbury, Brighton, Buxton and Lichfield Festivals, LSO St Luke’s, Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square (London Festival of Baroque Music) and St George’s Bristol.
Her Empowered Women Trilogy (Vision about Hildegard, Unsung Heroine about woman troubadour Beatriz de Dia & Into the Melting Pot) for The Telling is still touring: recent performances include Totnes Early Music Series, Buxton International Music Festival and a mini festival of all 3 shows for Music at Oxford, with further performances planned in 2019/20.