Clare Griffel (mezzo) began singing seriously while a student of mathematics at Oxford. After moving to Bristol she studied with Mollie Petrie, with whom she obtained her LTCL performing diploma. Currently, she is working with Freda Hart.
A former member of the BBC West of England Singers, she has sung with Bath opera, taking major roles, notably in Eugene Onegin and Lakmé. With a broadly-based, pre-classical-to-contemporary repertoire, many of the best-known choirs in the South-West – ranging from the Cheltenham Bach choir to the Bath Paragon Singers – have welcomed her as alto soloist. She has also sung with the Bristol Consort of Viols and the medieval group “Motetus”, making appearances on BBC2 television and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Clare has given solo recitals of medieval music in the “Podium-concerts” series at the Utrecht Early Music Festival on two occasions. Among Clare’s many première performances are the song-cycle The Ladies Defence by Gillian Carcas, and the rôle of Mother Nature in Julian Broughton’s The Parliament of Fowles.
Clare has a busy singing teaching practice, and is in demand as a leader of early music workshops. Since 1988 she has been voice tutor to the NORVIS early music summer school at Durham University.