Claudia trained both as a classical actress at the Webber Douglas Academy and as a singer with renowned voice coach Ian Adam. In her early career she performed in Camelot at The Liverpool Playhouse, Guys and Dolls at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, and was in the original cast of Buddy at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End.
After further training with top singing coach Janet Edwards, Claudia released her debut album Love and Demons in 2008. The success of the album prompted her to move into jazz, training with vocalist and singing coach Iain Mackenzie. This lead to the creation of her second album, Twelve O’Clock Tales, which was play-listed at Jazz FM.
Claudia and her band, comprising Simon Colam on piano, Jules Jackson on bass, John Blease on drums, Alex Garnett on sax and George Hogg on trumpet, have played at many of London’s top venues. These include the Leicester Square Theatre, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Pheasantry, The Spice of Life in Soho, Sadler’s Wells and The Troubadour. Claudia was also invited to support The Soldiers on their 2012 UK tour.
In the same year, Claudia released the single Light Up My Life in aid of the charity Allergy UK, which she was keen to support as a result of her daughter’s severe food allergies. The track was produced by Andrew Murray, and was play-listed and made ‘record of the week’ at BBC and independent radio stations nationwide.
She was then asked to sing a Doris Day part by actress Tracy-Ann Oberman in her play, Rock and Doris and Elizabeth, for BBC Radio 4. This gave Claudia inspiration to devise and tour a Doris Day show. She worked with pianist and musical director Malcolm Edmonstone, and writer and director Phil Wilmott to create a new show, singing and telling the story of Doris Day, with guest actors playing the parts of the men in her life.
The show toured throughout the UK in 2014, and again in Spring 2015. Claudia has a brand new tour planned for Summer 2016.