Claire Meyer Biography
Claire has taught piano, music theory & general musicianship for 30 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.
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’). Throughout this time, 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 teaches at Marlborough College Summer School and is returning in 2019 to run a General Musicianship Course for Beginner Adults.
Chelsea Quavers Music School was formed in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength, with a reach of students from all over the world, including a consultancy to Nahda Academy in Jeddah. Claire has composed the highly acclaimed series of Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles©, the Chelsea Quavers Sight Reading Programme© and the hands-on musical game CHENGA!©. All series combine to teach children as young as four to read, write, perform and compose music. 2018 saw 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.
Claire’s family lives in Aldbourne, Marlborough with their beloved musical dog, Chutney, who is currently studying for his ABRSM Grade 1 Theory exam. Chutney features in the Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles© as an enthusiastic pupil of Chelsea, our musical bird!