Originally from the UK, Rachel has been living in Sydney with her family since 2012. During this time, Rachel has been working as a freelance orchestral viola player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Scoring Orchestra as well working as a string tutor at Roseville College and running her own private studio for violin and viola lessons.
In the UK, Rachel worked for many years with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Scottish Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. She has played at all the major concert venues in the UK and has also taken part in tours across Europe, the US, Mexico and China. As a soloist, Rachel has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik with the Southbank Sinfonia, appeared at the Ludlow Festival in a recital celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Berlioz and given regular recitals of the Suites by Bach around the UK and beyond.
Teaching has always been a big part of Rachel's life and she built up a reputation over more than fifteen years as a violin and viola teacher both in London and Brighton in the UK. Rachel held a violin and viola teaching position at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2011 – 2013 and at Brighton College from 2008 – 2012, she was also Acting Head of Strings at Roedean School in 2005. Rachel has also always maintained a private teaching studio of students of all ages and levels and has seen many of her students enter the music profession themselves.
Chamber music is a passion for Rachel, and has taken her all over the world both as a performer and tutor. Rachel was co-founder of the Sussex Schools Chamber Music Scheme in 1996 and was the Musical Director of Regency Chamber Music and The Regency Ensemble from 2009 – 2012.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Christopher Wellington and Brian Hawkins. On completing her degree at the RCM, Rachel continued her studies privately with Simon Rowland-Jones and continued professional development has seen Rachel taking lessons with Joey Corpus in New York, and Roger Benedict and Janet Davies in Sydney.