Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards
In February 2021, Claire was honoured to be nominated for a Marvin Hamlisch International Music Award in the category of jazz composition. The competition endeavours to discover and champion emerging composers from around the globe, as well as paying tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and his remarkable legacy. You can view the awards show below, which took place at Queens College New York and featured special guest presenters including Quincy Jones and Barbara Streisand!
Small World is the debut album from exciting new London-based septet Ensemble C. Led by Claire and featuring her original compositions, the band comprises some of the most outstanding artists in the UK.
Claire Cope: Piano/synthesiser/compositions, Brigitte Beraha: Voice, Jack Davies: Trumpet, Rob Cope: Tenor Saxophone, Ed Babar: electric bass/double bass, Tom Varrall: Guitar, Jon Ormston: Drums.
Recorded at Temple Studio with Justin Hill and Tim Redpath, mixed and mastered by Rob Buckland. Artwork by Lydia Orange.
Andy Scott’s ‘Mancunity’
Commissioned for the 2019 Manchester Jazz Festival, ‘Mancunity’ is 60 minute work composed by award winning saxophonist and composer Andy Scott.
Mancunity is a fanfare to the future and a celebration of our great city of Manchester. This large-scale piece is inspired by the beating heart of Manchester, the people, their resilience, music history and future-facing attitude.
In January 2020, the piece was recorded and filmed at the Royal Northern College of Music, and premiered as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival online in May.
Musicians; Caitlin Laing, Aaron Wood, Jeff Guntren, Carl Raven, Rob Cope, Claire Cope, Jemma Freese, Nik Svarc, Ben Muirhead, Josh Savage, Jack McCarthy, Dave Hassell & Andy Scott. Recorded in Studio 1, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 4th-5th January 2020. Engineer; Jack March Produced by Rob Buckland; Executive Producer Andy Scott. Film by Third Man Productions.
Richard Turner: A Life in Music
Beginning in 2017, Claire’s husband Rob began a two year journey that would see him write, film and direct a documentary film about the late London-based trumpeter Richard Turner, who sadly passed away suddenly in 2011 age 27. Working closely with Richard’s family and friends, ‘Richard Turner: A Life In Music’ tells the story of Richard’s life and exceptional musical talent. Working alongside Rob, Claire composed an original piano score for the film.
In 2019, the film was shown at the Royal Academy of Music, Leeds College of Music, Seven Arts, Leeds and Cambridge Jazz Festival. In 2020, it was premiered online as part of Manchester Jazz Festival online.
Claire Cope and Manda Dorj
Claire also plays as part of a piano duo with RNCM and Guildhall School of Music graduate Manda Dorj. Their repertoire includes Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel and Faure, as well as a passion for contemporary music. In 2014, they performed at St Sepulchre Church in London and in 2015 at Bristol Cathedral.
Claire James Trio
In 2010 whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Claire formed and began composing for a trio under her maiden name, comprised of fellow RNCM students; Jim Molyneux on drums and Stewart Wilson on bass. The trio performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival as part of MJF Introduces in 2011, at the BBC Proms Plus Series broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and at the London Jazz Festival. The group also released their EP ‘Lines’ on the Manchester-based Efpi label established by Ben Cottrell.