Rachel studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Holloway, University of London, and has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance from Salford University.
Freelance playing spans symphony, chamber and opera orchestras, including Welsh National Opera, London Festival Opera, The Camerata of London, the West End Theatre and the contemporary Tacet Ensemble.
Concerto and recital performances have taken her around Europe and to Japan, Zimbabwe, Canada and the USA. In the UK she has given recitals at the Fairfield Halls, St John’s Smith Square, the National Theatre, the National Gallery, Kensington Palace and the Royal Pavilion Brighton to critical acclaim. In addition Rachel regularly performs in the Brighton, Edinburgh, City of London and Canterbury Festivals.
Rachel has made numerous recordings and broadcasts for TV and film, including BBC Radios 3’s Hear and Now and Radio 4’s Classic Serial. Her playing has inspired new works from several British composers, some of whom are included on her first CD Summer was in August, which has featured on Classic FM.
She collaborates with many musicians including:
- Hilser Trio (flute, cello and piano) who are regular guest classical artists on Saga cruises (www.hilsertrio.co.uk)
- Hilser Quartet
- Flute and Piano Duo with Jakob Fichert (www.jakobfichert.com)
- London Flute Duo (www.londonfluteduo.co.uk)
- Camellia Flute and Harp Duo with Ruby Aspinall (www.camelliafluteandharpduo.co.uk)
Rachel examines for Trinity College London, reviews for Sheet Music Review Magazine and part produced and edited both volumes of The Ragtime Flute published by June Emerson.
Dr Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL
Pearl Flutes International Artist
Contact Rachel for more information
Tel: 07801 504172