Claire Jackson writes about classical music, opera and the arts. She is particularly interested in music education policy, gender equality within the arts industry and piano music.
Her work has been published in the Guardian, Music Teacher and Opera Now, as well as many independent titles. She is a regular contributor to BBC Music magazine and writes a fortnightly column on classical and contemporary music for the Big Issue.
Claire has edited International Piano, Muso and Music Teacher. She provided a lively forum for the global piano community during her International Piano editorship (2011-15) and interviewed some of the world’s leading pianists, including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt and Pierre Boulez.
Prior to her work on International Piano, Claire edited Muso (2008-11), an alternative classical music magazine written for and about up-and-coming artists and students. The title was distributed throughout conservatoires in the UK and the US. She was acting editor of Music Teacher (March and April 2015 editions) and represented the title at the 2015 instalment of the Music Education Expo and Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
She has also undertaken editing projects for the Menuhin Violin Competition and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, as well as copy writing for exam boards and musical instrument manufacturers. Claire currently works on a number of bespoke publishing, events and strategic communications projects for a range of clients. She is an Adobe Certified Associate and has a passion for art and design.
Claire counts getting caught in a thunderstorm with Ludovico Einaudi in Verona, drinking kiwi juice in Oman's Royal Opera House and meeting Harrison Birtwistle in Aldeburgh among her most memorable moments.
Before immersing herself in the heady world of classical music publishing, Claire worked on a number of business-to-business magazines. She has learned how to weld (sort of), toured a sewage works in Paris and visited a forklift truck factory in Amsterdam – all in the name of journalism.
For examples of published work, please click on cuttings, within the portfolio tab.