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Workshop The Singing Entrepreneur

Make your career your business

Clare McCaldin


Clare was born in Liverpool and studied Modern Languages and History of Art while a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, but began her professional life as an account director for international advertising company J Walter Thompson before becoming a professional singer.

In concert Clare has sung Bach St Matthew Passion (King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury) and B Minor Mass (Northern Sinfonia/Halsey), Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass (Three Choirs Festival/Partington, St. Alban’s/Vass) and premiered a new edition of Bach St. Mark Passion (Barokksolistene Norway). She has sung with the Orchestra of the Golden Age, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Orchestra and Die Kölner Akademie and made her solo debut at the 2012 BBC Proms in Debussy’s Martyrdom of St Sebastian with the BBCSO/Knussen.

With chamber ensemble, Clare has narrated Walton Façade (Music of Renown Ensemble), gave the first performance of a recently-discovered fragment of a Scarlatti cantata with the LePage Ensemble, and has performed airs de Cour with Paris-based baroque specialists La Réjouissance.

In operatic repertoire, Clare made her debut in the 2000 Salzburg Easter Festival’s Simon Boccanegra (as Un’Ancella) for Claudio Abbado. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has performed Cousin/Madama Butterfly, Apprentice/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and La Servante/Manon. Other recent roles include Meg Page/Falstaff (Iford Arts), Fox/The Cunning Little Vixen & Örsze/Hary Janos (Ryedale Festival) and Oreste/La Belle Hélène (Diva Opera), as well as Dido, Dorabella, Second Lady, Orlovsky, Siebel, Hansel, Véronique, Flora, Micah, Cyrus and Mrs Peacham.

In the contemporary repertoire roles include the Stardust Seller in Stephen McNeff’s The Gentle Giant (ROH2, Royal Opera Covent Garden), the Mezzo Actor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Opera and Matilda/George in Errollyn Wallen’s Cautionary Tales, as well as works in development at Opera North, WNO and Aldeburgh Music.

Among her broader repertoire are movement-based projects including Wayne McGregor’s Dido & Aeneas for the Royal Opera /Royal Ballet and The Silver Swan with the Clod Ensemble, performed as a site-specific work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern.

Through her new company McCaldin Arts she has created two solo shows, both with music by Stephen McNeff: A Voice of One Delight and Vivienne.


Darren Abrahams


Darren Abrahams is a singer and teacher. He has appeared in opera all around the world and has sung for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Wexford Festival and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He is also a coach and therapist with a private practice in Brighton in the UK, specialising in self awareness and re-regulating the nervous system. He is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups and works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development. His passion is to reconnect people with themselves so they can live consciously creative, connected lives.

Arlene Rolph


Scottish mezzo who trained at the a Royal College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at Lonfon's National Opera Studio. Operatic performances include roles for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Theatre an der Wien, Berlin Staatsoper, Frankfurt Oper and Glyndebourne. In addition to performing, Arlene runs a successful teaching career within schools and her own private practice and creates music educational projects for babies, children and adults at "Baby Divas" and "Encore" in Sussex. Arlene coaches at various universities in the UK and co- founded the opera company "NOISE"; a Scottish based company focusing on site specific contemporary opera. In 2012 she became a partner in The Singing Entrepreneur and now mentors in performance and career advice.