Clare Norburn (soprano)

Clare Norburn

Clare Norburn studied at Leeds University and London College of Music. Her particular passion is for medieval music and she has sung with a number of early music groups, including Third Voice, Fifth Element, Mediva, The Troubadours and Vox Animae, with whom she has recorded Hildegard of Bingen’s music drama Ordo Virtutum.

With the ensemble Eclipse Clare gave performances in Turkey in 2008 and, with recorded a CD of traditional Sephardic songs on the Classical Recording Company label. She has made a number of broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4, including many appearances on In Tune, Woman’s Hour, Late Junction and The Early Music Show.

Although she wrote two (unperformed) science fiction television scripts before the age of 11, Clare is somewhat surprised to be a playwright these days – after a 30 year gap in writing!  Her four works to date are all a kind of hybrid concert/play, calling for single actor/actress with live music.  The first two  were written for musical performances by The Telling at the Brighton Early Music Festival: Unsung Heroine (2010) tells the imagined history of woman troubadour, Beatriz de Dia and Vision (2011), the personal story of visionary, composer and Medieval Abbess, Hildegard von Bingen. Her third, Breaking the Rules, a collaboration with vocal ensemble The Marian Consort, about composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo with actor Finbar Lynch as Gesualdo, was piloted at BREMF 2013. A new reworked version directed by Nicholas Renton (Lewes, Musketeers, George Gently) and funded by Arts Council England will tour to 12 festivals/promoters across the UK in 2016. Clare has been commissioned to write a script for the Monteverdi String Band and the Marian Consort on Galileo which will premiere at Brighton Early Music Festival 2016.

Together with soprano Deborah Roberts, Clare is co-Artistic Director of the Brighton Early Music Festival.  and she also works part-time as a freelance fundraiser. She lives in North London with her husband and their 2 cats.