Claire Stevenson was born in Cambridge and grew up in North Hertfordshire. She holds a music degree from Anglia Ruskin University and both clarinet and saxophone teaching diplomas from Trinity College, London.
Musical highlights include attending a clarinet course with Dame Thea King and Georgina Dobrée at Benslow Music in Hitchin and taking part in National Music Day in Birmingham in the early 90s, singing and performing on sax at Cannon Hill Park with Radio 1 DJ, Neale James’s band.
After graduation she spent ten years working in broadcasting for the BBC in London; first for Radio 3 Publicity and then Radio 2 On-Air Promotions, before deciding to teach clarinet and sax full-time. She has since taught at Bedford School, Henham and Ugley Primary, Sawston Village College, St. Mary’s Junior and currently teaches at the Perse School, and the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge.
As well as performing in Simple Reeds, Claire handles the publicity for the group and for the K.239 Chamber Orchestra. She plays clarinet in local orchestras including K.239 and the Sampson Orchestra, and saxophone in Cambridge Symphonic Winds. Claire also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with the Cambridge-based Francesi Quartet.