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Miss Erica Sinclair
Miss Erica Sinclair

Biography

Originally from Caithness in the north Highlands, Erica Sinclair began studying clarsach with Bill Taylor aged seven, and then clarinet with Karen Anderson at the age of eleven. At school, she was involved in local music groups and the local music festival, as well as the Highland Region Youth Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland. She also taught clarsach with Feis Ghallaibh as well as privately, and regularly performed as a soloist on both clarsach and clarinet. In 2009, she was runner-up in the Highland Young Musician of the Year competition on clarinet. In 2009, she began the BMus programme at Edinburgh Napier University, studying clarinet with Alison Waller; she also began her studies in pedal harp at this time with Alina Bzhezhinska. During her time there, she was involved in university concerts both as a soloist and with the various university ensembles, including a performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the chamber orchestra in her final year, and as an accompanist for Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" with the university’s Chamber Choir. She also performed regularly outside the university with other ensembles, and in 2010 won the Adult Open Clarsach Competition at the Royal National Mòd. She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours. Also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, she has performed in a variety of venues, including a joint Prom concert with the BBC SSO in 2012, and as principal bass clarinettist on the orchestra’s tour to China in 2015.

In 2013, Erica began her studies on the MMus programme at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying clarinet with Sally Harrop, Mark O’Brien and Michael Harris; she also continued her harp studies there with Catherine White. During her time there, she was regularly involved in the college orchestras and ensembles as well as local groups, not only on clarinet and harp but also on basset horn. She also auditioned successfully for the CBSO Training Scheme, and took part in the WNO Side-by-side Scheme. In 2015, she performed as a soloist alongside Catherine O’Rourke for Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Highland Chamber Orchestra. She graduated with Masters with Distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015.

Erica regularly performs throughout the UK; recently, she performed at Pilgrim Harps' launch of their new Electroacoustic Malvern. In 2015 she composed and performed an instrumental accompaniment to Scottish poet Kenneth Steven’s “A Song Among the Stones”. A keen contemporary performer, she has performed as part of both the Future Blend and Contemporary Voices Projects, both projects which team composers and performers together in order to create new music. Erica is also principal harpist with the Mahler Players, a chamber orchestra based in the Highlands that perform chamber versions of Mahler alongside works from the 20th and 21st centuries and regularly commission new works. She is a founder member of the Ulmus Trio.

Contact Erica

Address: Birmingham
Midlands (West)
B16 8XQ
Phone: 07709523018
Fee (30 minutes): £16.00
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00

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