Rachel was born in Wrexham, North Wales in July 1990. Rachel began to learn to play clarinet, aged 9 and taught herself to play flute when she started secondary school.
When she was 14, Rachel was identified, by Wrexham Music Services, as a talented musician and was asked to take up the bassoon. Since then she has found herself playing in orchestras including the Liverpool Sinfonia, the Leeds Sinfonia. the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales. Rachel has also toured Belgium (2006), Holland (2008), Luxembourg (2009) and the UK (2009) with a number of different ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
In 2006, Rachel taught herself to play Saxophone after being asked to play in a local quartet, and the school’s quartet, which later became known as ‘Saxafaction’. The group was very successful in competitions, winning their category in the Chester Music Festival, and winning the overall prize in the Wrexham Music Festival. They also managed to get to the finals of Music For Youth in Birmingham in 2007.
In 2008, Rachel began studying for a BA(Hons) at Leeds College of Music (LCM). She studied with Sebastian New of Opera North, Luke Whitehead of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Sarah Markham. At College Rachel played in the Leeds Community Symphony Orchestra, LCM Opera Orchestra and has played in the LCM Sinfonietta and LCM Pit Band doubling on flute, clarinet, bassoon and baritone saxophone.
In July 2011, Rachel graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA(Hons) and moved back to North Wales. Now living near Ruthin, she plays Saxophone professionally at Weddings, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties and Festivals.
Rachel was recently invited by Russell Grant to perform in the premiere’s of his new musical’s 'Bliss' and ‘Summer School Musical’ playing bassoon, clarinet, flute, alto tenor and baritone saxophones.