Francesca Clements (b.1987, Ipswich) is a recorder player currently based in Amsterdam. She has given performances throughout England, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Norway, Mexico and the USA. With her ensembles she has appeared on the BBC, dutch TV show Vrije Geluiden, Radio 4 in Holland and radio WQXR in New York.
Francesca has received a number of prizes including the Birmingham Conservatoire recorder prize, the Rollason music award and was also a finalist for the Amsterdam School of the Arts Graduation Prize and the ERTA Consort Competition. She has also been supported by the Wolfson Fund, the Annie Tranmer Charitable Trust, Walter Bergman Fund, Amsterdam Centre for Entrepreneurship and SIA.
In 2009 Francesca was awarded a First Class Honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire studying with Ross Winters and Annabel Knight, she went on to receive her Masters with Distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010. Francesca continued her education at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jorge Isaac and graduated in 2014. In 2016 Francesca graduated in a specialised master Course at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in ‘Live Electronics’ in connection with the recorder. Her masters research explored how the recorder and live electronics can be implemented in music education at all levels. As part of her research she wrote a method called the Electro Recorder Lab which went on to be nominated for the Amsterdam School of the Arts Graduation Prize. She is currently continuing with this project and hopes to launch the method into the musical world during 2019.
Francesca joined the Royal Wind Music in 2012 and soon became a key administrator of the ensemble. She is on the production team for ORDA (Open Recorder Days Amsterdam) a festival including concerts, workshops and a competition. In 2013 Francesca founded together with Erica Roozendaal ‘Duo Soinua’ a recorder and accordion duo performing regularly both early and contemporary music. Francesca has always had an interest with community music and currently works with the Memorable Moments Foundation in Amsterdam giving performances to youngsters aged 0-4. In March 2018 Francesca launched Little Notes in Amsterdam and Almere. In 2014 Francesca become treasurer for the Annelie de Man foundation helping to further the work of Annelie and the contemporary harpsichord.