Rachel is Director and conductor of the Camerata and Sinfonia orchestras. She oversees the planning of the orchestras together with the Artistic Director, and is one of the conductors for the two orchestras. Rachel has a wealth of experience in string teaching and musicianship.
Rachel is music director and teacher of violin at Colourstrings Music School in London. She has a British Kodály Academy certificate in advanced musicianship and is trained in the Colourstrings approach by its originator Géza Szilvay.
With some of her students, she is currently involved with ‘International Minifiddlers’, a violin pedagogy project with Géza Szilvay and a community of teachers worldwide. In addition, Rachel teaches on the string pedagogy course at Birmingham Conservatoire and works with young students on the autistic spectrum at the Applied Music Research centre at Roehampton University. Rachel is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and works in this capacity with Peter Stark on his courses for conductors. She teaches chamber music for Holiday Music and plays in a number of chamber ensembles and as a freelance violinist.
Rachel has an MA in music from Oxford University, where she was an instrumental scholar. She studied the violin with Diana Cummings in London and Tom Williams in Montreal on a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. During this time she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and leader of the Britten-Pears Orchestra.