Rachel began playing at the age of 12, being taught initially by her parents and also through lessons at school. At the age of 16 Rachel began being taught by David James, former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Whilst at school Rachel was awarded the Thomas H Stewart Memorial Award, for the highest placed Brass competitor in the Perform in Perth Festival, for three consecutive years.
After leaving school Rachel went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a first class honours degree in music education, and has worked as a music teacher in one of Scotland’s highest performing secondary schools since then.
Rachel was principal horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for four years under the direction of Richard Evans and also performed with the European Youth Brass Band in 2011 in Montreaux.
Rachel played 2nd horn with the Whitburn Band for three years, becoming a Scottish Champion, before accepting the position of Solo Horn with the Kirkintilloch Band, which she held for four years. She has worked as a tutor and soloist with bands across Europe, including Germany and Denmark.
Rachel is the current Scottish Open Solo Champion and has been for the past two years, as well as holding the Bram Thomson award for best tenor horn for the past four years.
Alongside performing, she was also the conductor of the Kirkintilloch Youth Band, winning a silver award at the Scottish Youth Band Championships in 2016.
Rachel is currently a student at the RNCM, where she is studying a Masters in Performing. She is proud to hold the position of Solo Horn with the world famous Fairey Band.
As well as being a dedicated performer Rachel is also a qualified secondary school music teacher, registered with the GTCS and with 5 years teaching experience in one of the top schools in Scotland.
Rachel has recently joined Sterling Musical Instruments as a performer and clinician. She performs exclusively on a Sterling tenor horn.