Rachel studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Patricia MacMahon and at the Royal College of Music with Eiddwen Harrhy. An experienced oratorio singer and recitalist, she has performed extensively in the UK and was the soprano soloist for a BBC Radio 3 recording of Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Sir Philip Ledger. She was also the soloist for two BAFTA award-winning film sound tracks, Transition and American Cousins, both composed by Donald Shaw; her CD Voice of the Lakes was released in December 2009.
On the operatic stage she has sung with Opera Holland Park Chorus and performed in the British premiere of Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She sang the role of Ellen in James Redwood’s Opera Tis Death to Break a Frame with Sinfonia Viva . In 2009 she was made a Crear Scholar after taking part in a week-long residential song masterclass with Malcolm Martineau. She is the director of the award-winning Amabile Girls’ Choir and has a large teaching practice, based in her home town of Kendal.