A versatile, London based Mezzo Soprano, who has built up a diverse and extensive range of experience performing 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 and was a finalist in the 2011 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.
Solo highlights include: 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. Ensemble engagements include Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ conducted by Sir Mark Elder and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Britten Sinfonia Voices; and Handel’s Messiah in Madrid with Jonathan Cohen.
Recent engagements: European premiere of Stevie Wishart’s vocal work Out of This World with Sinfonye and BBC Singers; the World Premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch with London Voices and Birmingham Opera Company for the London 2012 Festival; recording Hildegard with Sinfonye released on Decca produced by Guy Sigsworth; Janacek and Kodaly part of The Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre, Purcell Room; Masterclass on Britten’s Phaedra with Steuart Bedford, Worcester College, Oxford; Britten and Purcell alto soloist with Aldeburgh Voices; York Early Music Festival with Sinfonye; and Britten’s Peter Grimes and War Requiem on tour in UK and China with London Voices (2013).
Engagements in 2014 include: Contralto soloist for a new work by Dario Palermo as part of Sonorities at Kings Place; Birtwistle at 80: Fields of Sorrow with Britten Sinfonia Voices at Milton Court Concert Hall; and Bach Magnificat and Haydn Mass alto soloist in Ripon Cathedral for Ripon Choral Society 60th Anniversary Concert.
In addition to her western classical experience, Clemmie continues to be involved in an array of diverse projects, including providing backing vocals for a variety of internationally acclaimed artists: Bobby McFerrin, folk group Bellowhead, Turner prize winner Martin Creed, and cult rock group Spiritualized. She has also sung on a number of film soundtracks with London Voices including Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Snow White and the Huntsman with Florence Welch.
Clemmie is also passionate about performing her own repertoire and commissioning new works as well as collaborating with artists from all cultural sectors with her vocal trio Voice, and enjoys performing song and opera repertoire with duet partner Soprano, Flore Philis.
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”.