This year’s Richard Carne Junior Fellow, Claire Wickes, has been named the new principal flautist of the English National Opera, after a successful trial period with the orchestra.
Claire says: “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the position. When I saw the job advertised, I applied for it thinking that I was unlikely to even get an audition. Everyone in the orchestra has been very welcoming and it’s a great opportunity to learn from an amazing group of players.
“Being a Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban this year has been invaluable, as it’s given me the time and space to focus on my own professional development. The Richard Carne Trust has offered me all round support – Philip and Christine Carne have made a lot of effort to keep up to date with what I’m doing and attend my concerts. It’s lovely to have the support of a trust which is invested in each individual.”
Since graduating, Claire has performed as guest principal flute with the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, as well as sub-principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She’ll be performing in ENO’s forthcoming productions of Sweeney Todd, Carmen and The Queen of Spades, as well as a solo recital at the Old Royal Naval College in June 2015.
Trinity Laban’s Junior Fellowships offer a rare and exciting platform for exceptional musicians to make the leap from full time conservatoire-based study to excellence in the music profession. The year-long programme enables performers to enhance their professional skills and contacts, whilst pushing and exploring their own artistic development with the support of a Trinity Laban mentor.