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BBC Front Row

Clemency is delighted to be guest hosting BBC Front Row, Radio 4's live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music. You can listen to her debut episode here: or download as a podcast. Stay tuned for further guest appearances in October and November 2016.


Clemency will be returning as a moderator and host at Google's annual jamboree for creativity and technology, Zeitgeist.

Update hiatus!

Life has taken such a busy turn that this website won't be regularly updated for a while. Please follow Clemency on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival: Craig Raine

On Friday 8th November, Clemency interviews the great poet, essayist, literary critic, editor, novelist and librettist Craig Raine at the 25th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

BBC Radio 3 announcement

As reported in the Guardian and elsewhere, the BBC has just announced that Clemency will be the new presenter of Radio 3 Breakfast, the Sony-award nominated flagship national classical breakfast programme. She will take over from Sarah Mohr-Pietsch from 2nd December 2013, alternating shifts with Petroc Trelawny.

FT Weekend: The Sounds of Science

Clemency invesitigates the unexpected connections between physics and music as part of the FT Weekend Magazine's Physics special. Her interviews range from particle physicists working on the LHC to techno DJs, classical composers, sonifiers and top mathematicians.

The Culture Show: Sylvie Guillem - Force of Nature

Clemency presents this revealing 30-min Culture Show portrait of Sylvie Guillem, one of the greatest dancers of our time and now fearless environmental campaigner. Filmed over many months with exclusive access and interview footage.

All The Things You Are: first publication

Oct 10, 2013: Clemency's latest novel All The Things You Are is published by Headline Review in certain formats for certain international markets today. It will be published in the UK next spring, but is now available on Amazon and Kindle for any early birds out there..

FT Weekend: Lang Lang and Chinese Food

For the FT Weekend Magazine's Food Special Clemency talks to superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang about recital programmes, the best restaurants in the world, the importance of eating with friends and family.... and why no chef will ever beat his mum's steamed dumplings...

Costa Book Awards

Clemency is honoured to be named a judge in the Novel Prize for this year's Costa Book Awards and is looking forward to getting stuck into a mountain of exciting reading... Stay tuned!

Intelligent Life Blog: Maestra!

Clemency blogs for Intelligent LIfe about the history that will be made when Marin Alsop becomes the first ever woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms... and ponders why it *only* took 119 years..

Opera News: Instruments of Change

Clemency writes the cover story for this month's Opera News, exploring how the El Sistema model is spreading like wildfire and revolutionising musis education in the USA.

Intelligent Life: Mood Music

Clemency spins this month's Mood Music for Intelligent Life, in the key of summer melancholy...

Independent: Hip Hop & Grime Mash with the Proms

Clemency introduces the first ever Urban Classics Prom live from the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and explains what it's all about for the Independent.

July 2013
Secret Knowledge: Stradivarius and Me...

Making this documentary about master violin-maker was pretty much a dream come true for violin geek Clemency. In delving into Stradivarius' extraordinary life and seeking answer to the question that has perplexed historians, musicians and luthiers for centuries - just why are Stradivarius fiddles so much better than anyone else's, either before or since? - she also got the opportunity of a lifetime: to actually play one!

BBC Proms coverage on Radio 3, BBC4 and WQXR

Clemency presents live coverage of this years BBC Proms on television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic

She presents the complete Proms Saturday Matinees Season on BBC Radio 3, as well as selected evening concerts live from the Royal Albert Hall.

On television she presents certain Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall for BBC4.

For New York Pubic Radio's WQXR she presents a weekly Proms broadcast and a 20th & 21st-century music Proms special for the Q2 Music stream.

June 2013

Hay Festival 2013

At this year's flagship Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales, Clemency talks to: Hugh Aldersey-Williams on Anatomies, Sarah Crompton & Lucy Moore on Nijinsky, Rick Gekoski on Lost, Stolen or Shredded works of art, Mike Goldsmith on the Story of Noise, Chris Anderson & David Sally on why football is a Numbers Game, Jonathan Jones on the Loves of the Artists, composer Philip Glass on The Perfect American, Prof Steve Jones on the Joy of Sects, Kevin Fong on Extremes and Stephanie Flanders, Lisa Dwan & Clive Hicks-Jenkins on Stravinsky's The Soldiers Tale.

Update: Clemency is over the moon to have been named a Vice President of the Hay Festival.

May 2013

Unreported World: Bangladesh Women's Driving School

Amid rising social, poiltical and religious tensions, Clemency travels to Bangladesh to report on a group of extremely brave young women who are not only busting a major social taboo by learning to drive in a country where few women have licenses but, by being determined to get jobs as professional drivers, are also hoping to blaze a new trail for gender equality and social progress.

Google Zeitgeist: The Way We Live Now

At this year's Google Zeitgeist UK conference Clemency leads the session: The Way We Live Now. Her panellists include photographer and charity entrepreneur, Scott Harrison, architect Alistair Parvin, Borgen actress Sidse Babbett and the designer and visionary Thomas Heatherwick. Other speakers at the conference include Google founder Eric Schmidt, philosopher and author Michael Sandel, South African opposition leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and neuroscientist Moran Cerf.

Counterpoint: Philip Glass on Linz Opera

For her opening Counterpoint column Clemency talks exclusively to composer Philip Glass and architect Terry Pawson and considers how the tiny Austrian town of Linz is leading the way in European operatic vision. Not available to UK users (sorry!)

April 2013

Visit England: Arts & Culture Ambassador

Clemency has been named as the Arts & Culture Ambassador for Visit England, the English tourist board. Her top picks for the 101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad bucket list include Manchester's John Rylands library, Northumberland's Barter Books and Liverpool's Go to Another Place by Anthony Gormley.

Launch of BBC Culture Worldwide

Clemency has been named classical columnist for BBC Culture, BBC worldwide's international culture website. She will write Counterpoint, a bi-weekly dispatch from the world of classical music which will be available internationally to non-UK users at:

March 2013

The Review Show

On March 8th, Clemency steps in for Kirsty Wark to host BBC2's The Review Show. Subjects up for discussion: JM Coetzee's new book, ITV's Broadchurch, Soderbergh's latest film Side Effects and the new West End play The Audience.

February 2013

Intelligent Life

Clemency writes the cover story for the March/April issue of Intelligent Life, The Economist's award winning bi-monthly lifestyle and culture magazine. In an extensive 7,500-word profile she spends a year following Venezuelan superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel, 32, from Caracas to London to Los Angeles to Milan to New York, as he reveals what drives him and why he believes passionately that music can help build a better society. Other interviewees include architect Frank Gehry, conductor Sir Simon Rattle, and composer John Adams. On global newstands from 14 February and available for free online and on the free iPad/iPhone app from Monday 18th February.

Swinging Into the Blitz

On Saturday 16th February Clemency presents the 1-hour Culture Show Special documentary "Swinging into the Blitz" about a neglected chapter in British musical history: the emergence of a black British swing jazz scene before WW2. She explores the stories of Leslie Thompson and Ken "Snakehips" Johnson, two remarkable musical pioneers who - long before their Caribbean compatriots stepped off the Empire Windrush in 1948 - helped create and define an early black British music scene. Clemency also writes about the documentary for the Independent.

Look at everything! Curating BBC4's modern classical archive

Clemency was delighted to be asked to curate BBC4's twentieth-century classical music archive. With works from Debussy to George Benjamin via Schoenberg, Messiaen, Cage, Stockhausen, Ligeti, Glass, and many more of the century's great musical mavericks & masters, the collection is a rollicking intellectual and aesthetic adventure through the sound-worlds of the past hundred years.

WSJ: Can Spotify Save the Music Industry?

On the eve of the Grammy's, the name on everyone's lips is... Spotify. Can it turn the beleaguered record industry around? For WSJ Clemency meets key Spotify exec Ken Parks and product developer Charlie Hellman for an exclusive insight into how the Swedish music streaming service works; we also talk to well-placed music industry insiders (including Mix Engineer of the Year Tom Elmhirst) to assess Spotify's impact, as well as one artist who tells us why he feels a little disgruntled by his Spotify royalty checks...

Sky News Sunrise

Clemency returns to the Sky News sofa in February as a regular guest on the morning paper review on Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes.

January 2013

Inside the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

For the Wall Street Journal Live, Clemency gets an exclusive peek into the rehearsal of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conductor Daniel Barenboim's remarkable ensemble of young Israeli, Palestinian, Iranian, Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese and other Arab musicians.

WSJ Live

Clemency continues as a host and on-air reporter for Wall St Journal Live. She anchors the News Hub, live every day at 8.30 am with its signature mix of US and international breaking news, politics, finance, tech and entertainment stories and a wide range of studio and outside guests. Available live and on-demand via, the WSJ Live app and multiple platforms including YouTube.


Clemency hosts Overnight Music on WQXR, New York Public Radio's classical music station. On 105.9 FM, online and on your phone.

Celebrity Mastermind

Clemency braves the terrifying Mastermind chair and is grilled by John Humphrys in aid of the Choir of London Trust. Broadcast on BBC 1, 3rd January 2013.

December 2012

BBC New Generation Artists

Over the festive season, Clemency presents a brand-new series of BBC New Generation Artists on Radio 3 90-93 FM, on digital, online, and through worldwide internet radio platforms.

The series begins on Christmas Day and runs every day until January 4th, 2013. For more detailed programme listings visit the homepage or check out the NGA Facebook page. These young artists are so awesome - please spread the word!


Clemency joins the WSJ Live team as an anchor and host on the News Hub, coming to you live every day at 8.30am and 4pm with breaking news, US and international politics, finance, economics, tech, culture and entertainment. On or via the free WSJ Live app and on multiple platforms including YouTube.

July 2012

BBC Proms Chamber Music

Clemency is the exclusive presenter of the BBC Proms Chamber Music season from Monday 16th July - Monday 3rd September. The concerts take place every Monday lunchtime at 1pm at Cadogan Hall and will be presented live from the stage and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, 90-93 FM, on digital and online.

june 2012

Guardian: Clemency meets Jose Antonio Abreu

In a rare interview in Caracas, Clemency meets Jose Antonio Abreu, former economist, conductor, and founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's 'miraculous' musical education system, to talk the origins of the movement, its future, and the major challenges ahead.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

Clemency is delighted that her long-time passion project CHECKPOINT CONCERTO, an uplifting and inspiring film about a group of extraordinary young musicians in the West Bank, has been selected as part of Sheffield DocFest's prestigious Meet Market. Directed by Ursula MacFarlane and produced by Clemency with Executive Producer Mike Lerner at Roast Beef Films, CHECKPOINT CONCERTO is one of 65 films selected from almost 600 submissions, described by the festival as 'truly amongst the best work being made out there at the moment... entertaining, innovative, clever and forward-thinking.' Watch this space for more updates about the project!

Hay Festival 25

Clemency returns to the magical HAY FESTIVAL for her tenth successive year, as the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. She will be hosting a variety of events with more than fifteen authors on topics as diverse as Shakespeare, East End mobsters, Thomas Becket, bees, and the politics of humanitarian aid. She will also be blogging about the festival, and some of her sessions will be filmed by Sky Arts. For more updates, check Clemency's Twitter.

Diamond Jubilee

Clemency will be live on the River Thames on Sunday, 3rd June from 06.40am to review the papers for Sky News' flagship morning show ahead of the pageantry and festivities of this special day.

Monocle 24

Clemency will co-present Monocle 24's live daily news and current affairs radio show The Globalist on June 12th-14th, and the evening news & comment show Midori House on June 11th. For more updates, check Clemency's Twitter.

may 2012

Zodiak Media Summit 2012

Clemency hosts the opening session at Zodiak Media's major international summit on creativity in Barcelona. Her illustrious panel includes Google's Maria Ferreras, inventor Mark Champkins, gamification engineer Oscar Garcia Paella, architect Paul Monaghan and theatre director Judith Doherty.

bbc young musician 2012

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, Clemency presents coverage of the finale of BBC Young Musician 2012, Britain's original talent show. Click here to view the current episode and to hear Clemency's thoughts on the experience visit the BBC TV Blog.

Andrew Marr Show

On Sunday 6th May Clemency reviews the papers on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

monocle 24: The Globalist

Clemency presents Monocle 24's topical news and current affairs show The Globalist on May 8th, 9th, 22nd & 23rd.

Sky News Sunrise

Clemency is back with Eamonn and Charlotte on the Sky News Sunrise sofa reviewing the papers on various mornings in May. Keep up to date via Twitter.

One World Media Awards

On 8th May, Clemency presents the Popular Features award at the One World Media Awards at London's Kings Place. She was a judge in this hard-fought category.

BBC Radio 3 Breakfast

Clemency presents the Weekend Breakfast show on various Saturdays & Sundays in May. Keep up to date via Twitter.

april 2012

Letter to Asma Al-Assad

Clemency reads a letter to Asma Al-Assad, first lady of Syria, urging her to stop the bloodshed and human rights abuses in her country. Less than 24 hours after the video-letter went live on YouTube it had been viewed almost 20,000 times: less than a week later, it had been viewed more than a quarter of a million times, garnering massive amounts of global coverage. To view the letter on YouTube go to the Video tab; or to sign the letter via a petition click here.
Thank you.

BBC Young Musician 2012

Clemency is thrilled and honoured to be returning to host BBC Young Musician, Click here to view the current episode.

Coverage begins on BBC4 on Friday, April 13th 2012 with the keyboard category final. It will run for the following four weeks on BBC4, switching over to BBC2 for the Semi-Final on Saturday, May 12th and Final, live from the Sage Gateshead, on Sunday, May 13th. With previous winners including renowned international soloists Nicola Benedetti, Guy Johnston and Jennifer Pike, the competition showcases the very best and brightest of Britain's musical talent.

BBC Proms 2012

This summer's Proms season launches 19th April. Clemency is delighted to be presenting the BBC Proms 2012 Chamber Music series every Monday throughout the Proms season.
Each concert will be presented live from the Cadogan Hall stage and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. For more information and to book tickets click here.


The week of 23rd April Clemency guest presents topical news and current affairs programme The Globalist live on Monocle 24. Tune in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or catch up via the website.

This month Clemency also guest-presents Midori House for Monocle 24. Highlights include an exclusive interview with Channel 4 International Affairs correspondent Lindsey Hilsum about hew new book on Libya, Sandstorm, and a discussion about Bahrain's controversial Formula One race. Broadcast 2nd April.

Live on Five

Clemency appears on Live on Five hosted by Myleene Klass to talk the joys of classical music, bashing elitism and why she is so excited to be hosting BBC Young Musician 2012 again this year. Broadcast on Channel 5, Monday 9th April, 2012.

Maxim Vengerov: Sunday Concert

Clemency is delighted to be presenting Sunday Concert from the Wigmore Hall on BBC Radio 3. Violnist Maxim Vengerov makes a spectacular return to the London recital stage with a programme including Bach's Partita no 2 in D minor and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata. He also gives Clemency an exclusive interview discussing why he chose the Wigmore for his 'comeback concert'; what he has been doing in the past four years, and why Bach is so important to him. Sunday, April 29th at 2pm: 90-93 FM, on digital & online.