Read our interview with Claire Wickes:
At The Coliseum (where the ENO performs) we’re very lucky with the acoustic — you can play freely without having to modify anything, the woodwinds project easily and you can hear yourself and those around you clearly. Some halls I’ve played in with symphony orchestras make you far more conscious of having to actively project, and not being able to hear much of your own sound can be disconcerting. Each venue is different and what can feel awful to you on stage can be absolutely fine to the audience…
Claire Wickes is Principal Flute of the English National Opera orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in April 2015 highlights have included performing for several live worldwide cinema screenings & BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, as well as performing a role on stage as part of Simon McBurney’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Claire has performed as guest principal flute with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Session Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.