SMITF Lunchtime Concert – Claire Ward ‘The Female Muse’


Friday 3rd November, 2023


1:00 pm

2:00 pm


St Martin in the Fields


Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

This Friday Lunchtime Concert is programmed in partnership with St Martin in the Fields. Tickets for students and under 16s only £5.

The programme will include songs by Sébastien Le Camus, Michel Lambert, Bénigne de Bacilly, Honoré d’Ambruis, Henry Lawes and Henry Purcell, plus a new commission from Clare Elton.

Programme ‘The Female Muse’

Le Camus “Ah! Fuyons ce dangereux séjour” 2”06 

Campion “J’ai juré mille fois” 1”50 

Rondeau le gracieux 

d’Ambruis “Le doux silence de nos bois” 4”15 

Le Camus “Délices des étés” 2”50 

“Un berger plus beau que le jour” 2”15 

Lambert “Laissez-moi soupirer” 4”50 

Purcell “The cares of lovers” 2”00 

“Ah, how sweet ‘tis to love” 2”00 

“Dear pretty youth” 2”00  

“O let me weep” 7”00

“From rosy bowers” 6”00 


Claire Ward soprano
Kristiina Watt theorbo
Miriam Nohl continuo

About Claire Ward

British/Irish soprano Claire Ward is a 2022-2024 City Music Foundation Artist and a young artist with Opera Prelude since 2021. Recent highlights include making her solo debuts at Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by John Wilson, and at Cadogan Hall in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Thames Philharmonic Choir, as well as touring with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner as an apprentice. Shortly after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2019, Claire joined the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, performing Bach Cantatas conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, and covered the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival. In the 2021 and 2022 seasons Claire performed at Opera Holland Park in the chorus and as Frantik in the Cunning Little Vixen. Claire made her Oxford Lieder debut in 2019, returning to the festival in 2021. She is a regular performer with Live Music now, working in a variety of settings such as care homes and schools.