Education & Awards

“Claire Surman was particularly fine” – Matthew Peacock (Early Music Today)


2001-2003  Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance (Opera) (Distinction) Benjamin Britten International Opera School; Royal College of Music (RCM)

2000-2001 Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Distinction); RCM

1999-2000 Postgraduate Certificate in Performance; RCM

1996-1999 Head of Psychology/Sixth Form Centre Manager; Campion School, Northamptonshire

1992-1996 First Class BA Honours Degree in Music & Psychology with Qualified Teaching Status; Keele University, Staffordshire


A Madeline Finden Award (2002)
YCAT Finalist (Wigmore Hall, 2002)
Lies Askonas Prize (RCM, 2001)
Agnes Nicholls Harty Trophy (RCM, 2001)
Ted Moss Lieder Prize (RCM, 2001)
Keith Faulkner Bach/Handel Prize – Commended (RCM, 2001)



Samling Scholar (2006)
David Lean Foundation (2001-3)
Wingate Foundation (2001-3)
Martin Harris (2002-3)
Newby Trust (2000-3)
Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust (2000, 2002)
Sir James Caird (2001-3)
Leverhulme Trust (2001-2)
Lynn Foundation (2001-2)
Vandervell Foundation (2000-1)
Dill Fawkes Educational Trust (1999-2000)