Rachel is known for her unconventionality – in programming, choice of artists, venue choices and delivery in concerts. She is constantly trying new combinations of instruments – cello and percussion, cello and accordion, cello and spoken word. Concerts are a time of celebration – of sharing and enjoying.
“So many times I go to concerts where everything is very serious. There is a huge gulf between the audience and the players. I sit in the darkened concert hall and wonder why. I am sharing this music with the players – why is it all so serious, like a dinner party with no conversation? Who said Bach is so stolid? Is Mendelssohn meant to be that staid? Is this the way it should be?”
“I have long been an admirer of this very fine musician and communicator par excellence. Her playing brought us close to tears, while her lively wit had us in stitches.”
“The concert series was initiated in 2009 so there is now a considerable body of work behind Rachel in terms of selecting music, arranging music, inviting compositions , and working with a large range of performers. This she has done with great skill, compelling musicianship and painstaking hard work. It says something about her abilities that she has been able to collaborate with such a variety of performers.”
A audience member wrote “This is just to thank you for a great evening of music last night. You both played beautifully, and I particularly liked the way you spoke about the music, warmly and with humour… why can’t other classical musicians do that?”
Come and share Rachel’s music-making – all the performances are listed on the Performances page. Come and listen, enjoy and smile. Perhaps laugh. And come and talk to her afterwards – she’d love to see you!