Clare set up McCaldin Arts in 2013 as a focus for her collaborative activities with colleagues in the profession. Clare is a lyric mezzo-soprano who, initially, trained as a linguist and had careers in advertising and arts administration before becoming a professional singer. Since then she has built a diverse career spanning the opera stage and concert platform, appearing at the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Royal Opera, the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival and broadcasting on Radio 3.
Clare is a great advocate of new music and has performed work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Cecilia McDowell, Brian Irvine, Alexander l’Estrange, Michael Zev Gordon and created roles and scenes for Opera North, Royal Opera, WNO and Aldeburgh. She has appeared with the Brodsky Quartet and her recordings include songs by Hugh Wood with Iain Burnside (piano) for NMC and by Stephen McNeff, for Champs Hill Records.
On behalf of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, Clare fund-raised and oversaw the installation of the first commemorative blue plaque to Joseph Haydn in London, unveiled in Soho in March 2015.