Clare Simmonds is currently taking maternity leave from Ret Frem.
Clare performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble pianist, and enjoys presenting unconventional programmes. She is Artistic Director of Borough New Music and publicity consultant for Prima Facie Records. From 2016-17, she was a staff accompanist at the Guildhall, playing for Jane Manning's contemporary song classes, and since 2015 she has played in The Duruflé Trio and Bay's Leap, a free improvisation trio, whose first album was released to critical acclaim in 2016.
Yorkshire-born to a musical family, Clare studied History at Cambridge University. After teaching English in Slovakia for a year, she became publications manager for Pearson Publishing Ltd in Cambridge for ten years, whilst studying the piano privately with Philip Mead. She gained an MPerf in Piano Accompaniment (with Distinction) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2016, where she won the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for contemporary song (2016) and a 'Certificate Recital Diploma' (2015). Prior to that, she received distinction in her MMus in solo piano, studying with Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and whilst there, was awarded the David Gosling award (2013) and the Founders Prize for Accompanists (2014).
"Clare was a superstar!" - Lord Lipsey, Chair of Trinity Laban, on the performance of 'Black Box Flight Recorder' by Edward Henderson at King's Place (January 2014)