Clare Roberts co-founded the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.Of British origin, Clare Roberts has had a varied and unconventional career. Armed with a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge, and a masters in international relations from Columbia and ULB, she took up a position at the Western European Union in Brussels, dealing with European defence and security issues. From 1996 to 2001 she was actively involved in the Balkan crisis management missions related to police training in Albania and demining operations in Croatia. Clare has always been an active and enthusiastic musician. As a French horn player, she is much in demand as a performer on the free-lance music market and she has worked with many orchestras in Belgium and abroad. She performs regularly with the brass and orchestral ensembles of the Royal Brussels Conservatoire and is a member of Wonderbrass, a ten-strong brass group and the orchestra of Charleroi Operettes. Since the closure of the Western European Union in 2001, Clare has been engaged full-time in het musical activities. As a founding member of the BPO, Clare managed the orchestra until 2008. She is now responsible for the BPO’s public relations.