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Claire Seymour

Claire studied Music at King's College Cambridge and subsequently completed an MA and PhD in English Literature at the University of Kent, where she researched Britten's relationships with his poets and librettists. Her book, Expression and Evasion: the Operas of Benjamin Britten was published by Boydell in 2004, and most of her subsequent writing and teaching activities have been of an interdisciplinary nature. As editor of the Thomas Hardy Journal from 2005-09 she published extensively on Hardy and music, and Finzi's settings of Hardy; she was the editor of John Cordingly's 2015 study of madness and opera, Disordered Heroes in Opera: A Psychiatrist's Report; she taught British Studies at Tokyo University for two years; and since 2006 has been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in the departments of both Music and English Literature. From 2002-2017 she worked full-time in the secondary education sector, for many years as Head of the Senior College at Queen's College London. During this time she has continued her work as a freelance violinist and in 2008 began writing music journalism and criticism. She doesn't sleep much!



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