Henry Clay is currently Principal Cor Anglais with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He graduated with a postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, where he studied with Christopher Cowie, Sue Böhling and Melanie Ragge. Prior to this, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester on the Joint Course under the tutelage of Jennifer Galloway, Hugh McKenna and Melinda Maxwell.
After graduating from the Academy Henry began freelancing with various orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
A passionate chamber musician, Henry is also a member of the Cavendish Wind quintet with fellow Academy alumni. They were finalists in the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition and were Open Academy/Wigmore Hall Learning Fellows in 2016/2017. The group have also been a part of The Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians and Making Music programmes, and have performed recitals across the country in venues such as Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
In his spare time Henry enjoys playing badminton and has recently started trying his hand at squash – with varying degrees of success!