Clemmie is a versatile, London based singer, who has built up a diverse and extensive range of experience performing and recording as a soloist and ensemble vocalist both nationally and internationally. One of only sixteen vocalists selected for the Pulse solo vocal ensemble led by Mary King at Southbank Centre in 2009, Clemmie went on to complete postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban with her vocal teacher Alison Wells.
She has featured on numerous soundtrack recordings with London Voices, including: Jupiter Ascending; The Lords of the Rings; The Hobbit; Snow White and the Huntsman with Florence + the Machine; and has provided backing vocals for a range of musicians including Bellowhead, Spiritualized, Leaves Eyes and Bobby McFerrin.
As a Soloist, highlights include: Vivaldi’s alto motet Clarae stellae, scintillate with Vivaldi’s Women and OAE at SJSS broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Bach Magnificat and Haydn Mass in Ripon Cathedral, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus with New College Choir, conducted by Edward Higginbottom in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; Mozart’s Requiem and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle with All Saint Singers; Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater under Edward-Rhys Harry; and Handel’s Messiah with London Early Opera at Handel House; Britten and Purcell alto soloist with Aldeburgh Voices; and contralto soloist for a new work by Dario Palermo as part of ‘Sonorities’ at Kings Place.
Opera highlights include: the World Premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch with London Voices and Birmingham Opera Company for the London 2012 Festival; and Britten’s Peter Grimes and War Requiem on tour in UK and China with London Voices.
Choral highlights include: European premiere of Stevie Wishart’s vocal work Out of This World with Sinfonye and BBC Singers for The Proms and recording Hildegard with Sinfonye released on Decca produced by Guy Sigsworth In 2013 reaching number 6 in Classical Charts. She also sings with Britten Sinfonia Voices. Passed projects include: Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ conducted by Sir Mark Elder; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Birtwistle at 80: Fields of Sorrow at Milton Court Concert Hall; and 5* reviewed James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross.
Clemmie also regularly records with Audio Network choir and is delighted to have recently joined Emma Kirkby’s group Dowland Works. She loves the diversity of music her work allows her to explore; everything from fresh off the press contemporary music to early notation of Hildegard and other early masters.
The Oxford Times – Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle
“… her gloriously rich voice made the Agnus Dei a real tour de force… the sublime Qui Tollis; another highlight.”
Marilynne Davies, Ripon Gazette – Bach Magnificat & Haydn Nelson Mass (Ripon Choral Society 60th Anniversary concert, Ripon Cathedral)
“…Clemmie Franks, alto, delighted us all with her rich, warm toned voice and…engaged with the audience most effectively”.