Biography


Rachel is a flautist and flute teacher based near Manchester, in the small town of New Mills on the edge of the Peak District.  Rachel is an active orchestral musician and soloist, particularly in demand as a piccolo player, and teaches both in schools in the region and privately from home.  Rachel is also undertaking Doctoral study at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by an AHRC Studentship, investigating music-making in Manchester in the nineteenth-century.

Rachel holds a Masters in Flute Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, prior to that gaining a Bachelor degree in Music from the University of Manchester.  Rachel has studied flute with Richard Davis, Andrew Nicholson and Peter Lloyd, Piccolo with Nicola Dowton, and Baroque Flute with Katy Bircher.  Her studies have been supported by awards from the Solti Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Laura Ashley Foundation, South Square Trust and Women's Career's Foundation. 

Rachel plays in a busy Flute & Piano Duo with Jemima Palfreyman, giving recent recitals in St Martin-in-the-fields, Ripon Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral, the Bridgewater Introducing series, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Buxton Festival Fringe (for which the Duo won Fringe Awards two years running).  The Duo also have a developing programme of outreach work.  Other performance as soloist include the Chorlton Arts Festival, British Flute Society Convention 2010 (as a member of the Nicholson Flute Trio), Wales Millennium Centre, Norwegian Church Cardiff and St Chrysostom's Manchester.  She has appeared as concerto soloist with the VACO Orchestra, and regularly takes solo spots with the Lancashire Artillery Band.

As an orchestral musician Rachel appears regularly with orchestras around the country including the Cheshire Sinfonia, Amadeus Orchestra, Apollo Sinfonia and the orchestras of numerous musical societies around the north-west.  While at college she held the position of Principal Flute with the RWCMD Symphony and Opera Orchestras and was selected for a side-by-side wind project and concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  Rachel is also an Army Reserve Musician, playing with the Lancashire Artillery Band, providing musical support to the British Army from Bolton to the Falklands.