studied at Aldeburgh Music and was a member of
the European Union Youth Orchestra before becoming co-principal bassoonist
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
After that, she joined the London Symphony Orchestra as their principal
bassoonist. Other groups with
whom she has worked include the Academy
of St. Martin in the
Fields, the Guildhall Strings, the Serenata of
London, and the World Orchestra for Peace.
April 1997, she was a guest woodwind musician with the Guildhall String
Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, where they performed “Brandenburg
Concerto No. 1” and “Orchestral Suite No. 1” by Johann
Sebastian Bach and the “Six-Minute Symphony” of John McCabe.
She was one of
the featured soloists with the LSO at Barbican Hall on 21st June
2000 who opened their concert with “Sinfonia
Concertante in B flat” by Franz Joseph
Haydn. It was followed by “Symphony
No. 8 in C minor” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
August 2002, the LSO appeared at Royal Albert Hall where they offered up Don Quixote—Fantastic Variations
on a Theme of Knightly Character, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss and “Symphony
No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95” (“From the New World”) by Antonin Dvorak.
an all-Russian program at the Barbican on 4th November 2004
which consisted of the Ruslan and Ludmilla overture by Mikhail Glinka, “Symphony
No. 8, Op. 65” by Dmitri Shostakovich, and “Violin Concerto No.
2” by Sergei Prokofiev.
May 2005, they gave the world premiere of Huw
Watkins’ “London Concerto” and sandwiched it in between
Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del
destino overture and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E
minor, Op. 64”.
participated in Prom 47 at Royal Albert Hall on 18th August
2006, where they opened with highlights from The Golden Age by Dmitri Shostakovich, followed by “Viola
Concerto” by Alfred Schnittke with soloist
Yuri Bashmet, and “Symphony No. 6” (“Pathetique”) by Peter Ilyich
March 2007, they joined forces with tenor Avgust Amonov and the London Symphony Chorus for a concert
that included Claude Debussy’s La
mer and “Prelude a
l’apres-midi d’un faune”
and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite
of Spring and “Symphonies of Wind Instruments”.
a concert version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet at the Barbican on 23rd November
October 2009, they delivered the world premiere of “Surface” by
Paul Newland and surrounded it with “Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82”
by Jean Sibelius and “Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61”, with
soloist Arabella Steinbacher.
pianist Susan Tomes teamed up for a recital at LSO St. Luke’s on 29th
April 2010 that comprised “The Enchantress Plays” by Anthony
Payne (written for Rachel), “Romance” by Sir Edward Elgar, “Sarabande et Cortege” by Henri Dutilleux, and a pair of sonatas by Paul Hindemith and
March 2011, the LSO premiered Vlad Maistorovici’s “Halo” and backed it
up with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3”,
with Jonathan Biss at the keys, and “Symphony
They gave the world
premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell’s “Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome”
at the Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert in Barbican Hall on 5th
which Rachel appears include: Benjamin Britten: The Turn of the Screw with
Felicity Lott; Britten: Symphony, Op. 4/Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/Dvorak: Op. 77 with the Serenata of London; Debussy/Saint-Saens:
Complete Chamber Music for Woodwinds with Clifford Benson, James
Campbell, Nicholas Daniel and Richard Watkins; Georg Friedrich Handel:
Concerti Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1-4 with
the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Holst: The Planets, Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 and Sibelius: Symphony No. 2/Pohjola’s
Daughter with the LSO; James
Dillon 1: Ignis
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and, Sonata: The Woodwind Music of Graham Lyons.
She can also
be heard on the television soundtrack albums, Inspector Morse, Vol. 3 and Pride
and Prejudice (1995 version).
In the field
of music education, she has given master classes and served as a professor
on the faculties of the LSO Centre for Orchestra and the Royal College of