Saira Clegg is a versatile and experienced musician based in the North-West of England.
Saira Clegg was born in July 1985 in London. She started the clarinet at the age of 8, and one year later started the saxophone. In 1997 she began studying both instruments with a scholarship under the Governments Music and Ballet Scheme at The Purcell School of Music.
At the age of 10, Saira performed her first solo saxophone concerto and one year later became the principal clarinettist of the English National Children’s Orchestra. Her last performance with the orchestra, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (UK), was recorded for Classic FM radio. In 1999, she won the “Watford Twin Town” competition resulting in two solo recitals at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Novgorod, Russia. In 2001, Saira played the clarinet for Prince Charles at the UNESCO building, Paris. She won the “Three Rivers Young Musician” and “Watford Young Musician of the Year” in 2002.After leaving school she continued her studies at The Royal College of Music gaining a Foundation Scholarship for Clarinet and Saxophone. She then spent one and a half years studying with Bruce Weinberger in Switzerland, before restarting and completing her Degree and Masters in Darmstadt, Germany with Linda Bangs-Urban.
Saira is a very versatile player, and has played for wedding parties, birthday parties and art gallery openings and for more formal
events such as a political conferences, and evening concerts. Her solo performance at the Landtag, Mainz was recorded
for German SWR2 Radio. She has participated in lessons and workshops with The Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Carina Rascher, Kyle
Horch, Wildy Zumwalt, John Edward Kelly and Bruce Weinberger.
From 2007 to 2012 she played as an Understudy with the Hessen State Police Orchestra, the Big Band and the Combo Jazz Band, touring around Hessen, performing for official Police events, Summer Events, Fundraising for the Community and Christmas Church Services. In 2010 - 2012, she was a member of the Staatstheatre of Wiesbaden playing both alto and tenor saxophones as well as clarinet for musicals such as “Kiss Me Kate” and “Sweet Charity”.
More recently Saira has also moved into playing the House Music scene and has played at many big events including Hedkandi parties. At present Saira works as a freelance musician and teacher.