Clare studied at The Birmingham School of music She won the BMI woodwind prize in her fourth year and graduated with Diplomas in Teaching and Performing. At different times in her training she studied Flute with Gareth Morris, Edward Beckett and Wissam Boustany. In 1987 she  trained to be a music Therapist at Roehampton . After qualifying she worked at chelmsley hospital as a music therapist for  7 years. During her time as a music therapist Clare completed the preclinical child psychotherapy training then went on to qualify as a child psychotherapist working in the NHS in Nottingham. She moved to Devon in 2003 and now works as a peripatetic Flute and Recorder teacher, teaching in schools and at SAMMs .