"Playing with impeccable precision she eloquently conveyed the spirit of the music. In the animated passages her oboe sang out for joy".
Rachel is a busy and versatile performer, playing in orchestras and performing as a soloist and chamber musician.
As an orchestral musician Rachel particularly enjoys working in the smaller chamber orchestras and is equally happy working as principal, 2nd player or playing Cor anglais and Oboe d'amore.
Rachel is principal oboe of Southern Sinfonia, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the English Pro Musica and is a regular member of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Rachel has worked with many other orchestras over the years including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Heritage Opera amongst many others.
As a soloist Rachel has performed concertos with numerous orchestras, most recently performing Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin, Albinoni Concert Op 9 no2, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No2 and Handel concerto No1 with the Southern Sinfonia, directed by David Hill. With various orchestras she has also performed the Mozart Concerto, Hummel's Introduction, Theme and Variations and the Marcello Concerto. During the 2017 and 2018 she also gave many performances of Gabriels Oboe with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra including a performance on New Years Eve at the beautiful Buxton Opera House. Her recital work is always something that Rachel is passionate about, finding programmes that are approachable and exciting that also introduce audiences to new composers and exciting repertoire and at a recent recital her playing was described as 'Poignant, dramatic and beautifully shaped' Her most recent recitals have been an introduction to the oboe at The Leys School in Cambridge and a double oboe recital with the oboist Philip Haworth exploring the repertoire for 2 oboes, oboe and cor anglais and oboe and oboe d'amore.
Rachel has always had a passion for chamber music and has played in many ensembles performing anything from trios to the amazing Mozart 13 wind. Rachel created an ensemble 'Chiltern Musica' who explored and performed numerous wind and piano pieces and performed them around the Chiltern Hills region with the aim of creating a relaxed performance atmosphere and mingling with the audience in the interval to help break down the perceived barriers between performer and audience.
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