02 September 2012

Claire Overbury (flute) & Simon Davies (guitar)

Claire Overbury is 28 and is an up and coming soloist and orchestral player in London. She has just completed a year as one of two principal flutes in the orchestral academy Southbank Sinfonia and now freelances for orchestras in and around London. She performs solo recitals around the UK and is a Classical performer on cruise lines such as Cunard and Crystal. In addition to her performance commitments, she teaches flute at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, King Alfred’s School and Mill Hill School in London.
Claire has a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, with Distinction, from Trinity College of Music, London, where she also received the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal Award for 2004. Prior to this Claire gained an upper second class honours degree in Music from Christ Church, Oxford University, where she held an instrumental exhibition for three years.
During 2005, Claire was awarded the second prize in the Anglo-Czechoslovak competition and also gained a place on the Making Music ‘Arthur and Gwyneth Harrison Professional Development Programme’. In 2006 she won the Lions District Flute Competition and was a finalist in the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition. She has recently been short-listed for the Park Lane Group concert series with her piano duo partner, Elspeth Wyllie.
Simon Davies studied at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music before receiving his Honours Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He performs regularly in The Arada Guitar Duo, and their recent release for Landor Records, ‘Mediterranean’ has received glowing reviews from publications such as International Record Review and Gramophone magazine. The duo has also performed on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and in some of the countries finest chamber music venues. Performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company “band”, Simon has most recently appeared in the West End run of “Romeo and Juliet” and the critically acclaimed “Venus & Adonis”.
As a soloist, Simon has won numerous competitions and represented the U.K. in the European Young Musicians’ Concert. He has performed in many of the U.K’s leading recital halls including the Purcell Rooms and Lauderdale House. In addition to his performing career, Simon is guitar tutor at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall Music.