Claire Meyer Biography
Claire has taught piano, music theory & general musicianship for 20 years. She studied piano, singing and flute (with Jacqueline du Pré’s sister, Hilary Finzi, daughter of the composer Gerald Raphael Finzi) and won a Music Scholarship to Downe House School, Newbury, Berkshire where she was Junior & Senior Music Scholar and Head of Choral. Chelsea Quavers provides work experience to sixth form pupils of Downe House studying A Level Music.
Claire continued her music studies privately under Professor Ian Curror of The Royal College of Music and Capelmeister of Royal Hospital Chelsea. In the 1980s she sang in the semi-chorus of the London Philharmonic Choir, performing under conductors such as the late Sir George Solti. Claire has taught at Marlborough College Summer School and is returning in 2018 to run a General Musicianship Course for Beginner Adults from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August (week 4).
Claire has composed the highly acclaimed series of Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles© the Chelsea Quavers Sight Reading Programme© and the hands-on music game CHENGA!© . All series combine to teach children as young as four to read, write, perform and compose music. 2018 sees the launch of the Chelsea Quavers Music Enrichment Programme. She continues to write age-specific music educational material, and sees this as a lifetime vocation.
From 1981 to 2001, and prior to embarking on a full time musical career, Claire worked in London at Bain & Company, Monitor Company, Credit Suisse First Boston & Deutsche Bank, and was a City Fund Raiser for the medical emergency relief charity, MERLIN (now part of ‘Save The Children’).
Her son, Josh, is in his final year at York University studying Chemistry. Josh performs piano & drum kit in his own band and tutors at the Holiday Workshops. Claire’s family lives in Aldbourne, Marlborough with their beloved musical dog, Chutney who is currently studying for his ABRSM Grade 1 violin exam.