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Claire Wickes



  • English National Opera, Principal Flute


  • BBC Symphony Orchestra, Guest Principal Flute
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Guest Principal Flute
  • Philharmonia Orchestra, Guest Principal Flute
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guest Principal Flute 
  • Britten Sinfonia, Guest Principal Flute
  • São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute Trial
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sub-principal Flute Trial
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sub-principal Flute/Piccolo Trial
  • Hallé Orchestra, 2nd Flute Trial
  • English Session Orchestra
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sinfonia Cymru
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia, extra list

ORCHESTRAL TRAINING                 

  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy Finalist; June 2013
  • London Sinfonietta Academy, Principal Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute; July 2013
  • LPO Future-Firsts project, Ravi Shankar Opera at Royal Opera House; July 2014
  • London Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Academy; July 2011
  • Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Flute/Piccolo; September 2012 – July 2014
  • Oxford University Orchestra & Sinfonietta, Principal Flute; 2009-12 
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Principal Flute; 2007-09


  • Hilary Skewes Limited
  • English Session Orchestra
  • BBC Radio 3 broadcasts with BBCNOW, BBCSO and London Sinfonietta.
  • Schumann Symphony Cycle with SCO & Robin Ticciati


  • Gaudier Ensemble - Cerne Abbas Music Festival, June 2014
  • Wihan Quartet - Cavatina Chamber Music Trust Student Ambassador
  • Contemporary music performance in BBC Proms season with London Sinfonietta alumni; August 2014
  • Venti Diversi (Contemporary Flute and Clarinet duo) - performances include King's Place, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall   Elgar Room, Royal Overseas League Semi-finalists 2014


  • Garsington Opera
  • Multi-Story Orchestra
  • Worshipful Company of Musicians
  • LSO Academy


  • Solo recitals include: St Martin in the Fields; St John's Smith Square; Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room; National Gallery;  St Margaret’s, Westminster; Tonhalle Düsseldorf; Kyoto, Japan
  • Concerto soloist with Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, RCM Philharmonic, Oxford University Philharmonic,  OU Sinfonietta, Gorton Philharmonic & Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS                         

  • Prizewinner at Aeolus International Wind Competition, ‘Best Interpretation of a Contemporary Work’ 
  • Winner of RCM Concerto Competition 2014
  • Awarded the Philip Carne Junior Fellowship for Individuals at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, 2014 - 2015
  • Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award; 2013 - 2014
  • Musicians Benevolent Fund Award; 2013 - 2014
  • Worshipful Company of Musicians Allcard Award; 2013 - 2014
  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award; 2012 - 2014
  • HR Taylor Trust Award; 2012 - 2014
  • Winner of Oxford University Philharmonia Concerto Competition; 2012
  • Winner of Young Artists’ Platform Oxford University Award 2011
  • Winner of Chetham’s Concerto Competition; 2009


2012 - 2014   Royal College of Music Master of Performance, Orchestral Specialism (Scholarship holder)
                      Graduated with Distinction
                      Professors: Daniel Pailthorpe & Gareth Davies. Kathleen Stevenson & Stewart McIlwham (Piccolo)

2009 - 2012   Oxford University, Brasenose College BA Music (Academic Scholarship holder)
                      Graduated with First Class Honours and one of top three first-class results
Michael Cox

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Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo