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Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency Burton-Hill graduated from Cambridge with a double first in English in 2003 and was the recipient of a Kennedy Scholarship to Harvard.

She is a contributing editor at the Spectator and has written for the Observer, Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, New Statesman, Economist, TLS, Elle and Vogue.

She has presented independent documentaries, and for the BBC on the Proms and Visionaries.

A regular commentator on politics and the arts, she has appeared on programmes such as Question Time, Andrew Marr, and the BBC's London Mayoral Election special. Clemency is also a guest contributor to breakfast shows on Sky News, LBC and Radio 5 Live.

Debut novel

As an actress she has appeared in numerous films and television dramas including Party Animals, The Palace, Hustle, Midsomer Murders and Poirot.

Her first novel The Other Side of the Stars was published in January by Headline Review.

Clemency held a scholarship at the Royal College of Music where she was the recipient of the Hugh Bean violin prize. She has performed all over the world, most recently joining the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under conductor Daniel Barenboim on their 10th Anniversary winter tour to Moscow, Vienna, Berlin and Milan.

Clemency recently co-founded Vignette, an arts company whose debut production, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, will premiere at Wilton's Music Hall in July 2009.

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