About Me

ABOUT ME

A musician who has not been afraid to forge her own path and create her own style, Claire Holdich is a flutist, composer, educator, producer and sound practitioner who is passionate about connecting with music and sound in an expressive and meaningful way and sharing this with the world.


As an artist, Claire writes, records and produces arrangements and original music using the flute, electronics and virtual instruments in a variety of genres, but primarily blending classical and rock. Claire explore’s the wider capabilities of the flute, using traditional playing alongside extended techniques such as singing and playing, pitch bending and beatboxing, and is one of very few players using a glissando (slide) headjoint designed by legendary flute player Robert Dick. Claire has performed a number of recitals and at private events including at Beverley Minster, Allegro Appassionato in Louth, for Age Uk Hull and Hull CVS. I am 1st flute in the Eclectic Orchestra based in Hull who headlined Uk Pride in 2017 and who regularly perform at Hull Minster and I am leader of the flute section of the Eclectic Wind Orchestra. Having previously studied music technology, Claire began arranging and producing her own covers of some of her favourite music during the covid pandemic as a way to develop her skills and began releasing the on her Youtube channel. This led Claire to begin composing and producing her own original music, releasing her first single Stand Out on Bandcamp in March 2021. In April 2022 her original track Within the Void was featured on BBC Radio Humberside Introducing and Claire composed and produced two original pieces for Humber Street Gallery as part of the Inter_change programme run by Absolutely Cultured, one of which was performed live in the gallery space. Later in 2024 Claire will be working with renowned sound artist Pheobe Law on a piece commissioned by the Hull Jazz Festival, to be performed in Hull in November.


Since the pandemic, Claire has been exploring new ways to reach people with music. Every Sunday on Claire’s Youtube channel you will find the weekly livestream show Flutifull Time, a request show with a difference! As well as playing your favourite tunes from a whole range of genres, it's a space to chat about all things musical and share thoughts on things of interest, including Claire's hometown of Hull in East Yorkshire and her favourite beverage - Yorkshire tea! Claire began Flutifull Time in 2020 at a time when much of the world was in lockdown. It has quickly grown into a wonderful community who enjoy random chatter and value the sharing of live music.


After graduating from The University of Hull in 2004 with a first class degree in music, Claire’s career has included teaching in a number of private and state schools, for the Yorkshire Young Musicians project and, as of 2022, as a flute teacher at The University of Hull. In 2024 Claire led the Wired music technology workshops in Beverley for the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network.

Claire is also a music theory examiner for Trinity College, London and an associate of Eclectic Music, Hull's new centre for music tuition and performance, and on the education team of the British Flute Society for which she regularly writes reviews for their quarterly Pan magazine.


In 2022 Claire established SolarBeat productions as a way to offer recording, composing and production services from her home studio, and she has since enjoyed working with clients from all over the world on projects including composing and producing a scene from an independent film in the US to chants for an English language school in Spain.


Having completed a sound therapy practitioner course with UK Holistic Training in early 2024, Claire’s latest venture sees her working with harpist Stephanie Halsey and together they have formed Meridian music & sound which aims to bring sonic experiences to those looking for respite from the hectic pace of modern life. Together, they are looking forward to offering sound baths, immersive musical experiences and workshops demonstrating the wonderful benefits of music & sound.


Claire is a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and holds a full enhanced DBS check (available to see on request). She is also a qualified first aider with St John Ambulance.