Clare Salaman

Clare Salaman plays baroque violin, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, nyckelharpa, Hardanger fiddle and accordion. Her love for the sound of horsehair on gut, and her interest in strange and ancient instruments, was sparked by a holiday job cataloguing the musical instrument collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford whilst reading music at Merton College. Two further years of study in baroque violin at the Royal College of Music led to a job in The English Concert and performances, broadcasts and CD recordings with all the leading period instrument ensembles in the UK, including The Dufay Collective and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Working in many contexts outside early music, Clare has collaborated with musicians from Iran, Norway, France, India, Tanzania and Andalusia. She also enjoys teaching at the Royal College of Music and is an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Early Music Show’. In 2010 she founded The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, which gives concerts and provides a forum for those fascinated by the sounds and sights of unusual musical instruments. This is now the main focus of her work.