Clare McEvoy was born in London and started playing the clarinet aged eleven. She was awarded a DipABRSM with distinction in 2013. During her three years as principal clarinet with Thames Youth Orchestra she gave the Hungarian première of Malcolm Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto no. 2, and performed Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in Budapest Jazz Club.
Clare read music at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating in 2017 with first class honours. Throughout her degree she studied with Jane Booth, and was the recipient of a Joan Conway Scholarship in performance studies. She was a member of the Oxford University Philharmonia and Oxford University Orchestra, performing in the Sheldonian Theatre under conductors including Daniel Harding and Jamie Phillips. She gave solo recitals in the Holywell Music Room, Denis Arnold Hall (Faculty of Music), Merton College, and Jesus College, and performed as principal clarinet with the Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. During her degree Clare was also invited to play with the Regency Sinfonia and Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Jesus College Chapel Choir, participating in a CD recording, and tours to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Florence, and the Channel Islands.Clare is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Joy Farrall, Andrew Webster, Jennifer McLaren (E flat clarinet) and Robert Ault (bass clarinet). Since September 2017, she has performed with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vassily Sinaisky, the Ubu Ensemble, University of London Symphony Orchestra, Hornton Chamber Orchestra, and Harmonie Orchestra.