Clare Whistler

Past Projects

1996-98 – Walking the Downs
2001 – Airheads
2002 – Fire Work
2002 – Caol I
2003 – Ancestor in the Chalk
2004 – Elemental
2005 – Greenhouse Project
2006 – School 4 Lovers
2009 – On the Rim of the World


How did you become involved in music/directing?

‘I danced and music was my inspiration. I always choreographed and made performance and I naturally fell into directing opera during the Walking the Downs project.’

How did you become involved with Glyndebourne education?

‘I was working with composer Jonathan Dove and he invited me to a gathering of all sorts of artists at Glyndebourne. I got chosen to work on Walking the Downs from that event.’

What is it like to work with young people?

‘I can’t think of anything more fulfilling. The joy of encouraging the potential in everybody to create art is wonderful work.’

What has been the most memorable moment working with Glyndebourne?

‘Too many to pick one: 7 years with Glyndebourne Youth Opera Group [now Glyndebourne Youth Opera].’

What would you say to anyone thinking about taking part in an education project?

‘You never know what might happen – what you might enjoy, feel and experience so give it a go.’

[Information collected 13/09/16]