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Rachel Stott was educated at Wells Cathedral School and read music at Churchill College, Cambridge. While a post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she was commissioned by the London Park Lane Group for their Purcell Room series and by the chamber orchestra EOS, under the direction of conductor Charles Hazlewood. Her music has been performed at the London South Bank, St John’s Smith Square and St James’ Piccadilly, at music festivals across the UK and abroad in Europe, USA and Japan. Her first string quartet, Quiet Earth, was commissioned for performance by the Fitzwilliam Quartet at the 2002 Swaledale Festival and a second quartet, The Enchanted Lyre, was performed by the Dante Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2005. More recently the Callino Quartet recorded a CD of her music for string quartet, including her third quartet, Wind through a Symmetry, which was composed for them during a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, in February 2015.
Rachel has produced a CD of new music, Airborne, a collection of contemporary settings of British and American poetry by contemporary British composers, and written/composed a series for BBC Radio 3 entitled Harmony and Invention. A music theatre piece, Stenclmusic, based on an oral history project about the Jewish East End, has been performed by clarinettist/actress Neyire Ashworth at UK festivals and at a symposium about the place of the artist in society in March 2018. Several World, for massed saxophones, was performed at the 2014 World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews.
Rachel has a particular interest in writing for early instruments and for singers specialising in early music. Her work has been performed by such eminent singers as James Bowman, James Gilchrist, William Purefoy and Robin Blaze, and ensembles Concordia, Sonnerie, Paulus Barokk and Theatre of the Ayre. Her record-breaking work Odysseus in Ogygia, for six viola d’amores, was premiered at the 2012 Viola d’amore Congress in Innsbruck.
Rachel has also written extensively young singers and players including music for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Education department, new work for the ABRSM and an opera for performance by children, The Cuckoo Tree, based on the book by Joan Aiken.
As a viola player Rachel worked for many years with contemporary music ensembles such as the New Music Players, Opus 20 String Ensemble and Music Projects of London, as well as with period instrument orchestras The Hanover Band, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Classical Players. She is currently the viola player of the Revolutionary Drawing Room and the Bach Players as well as the vocal/instrumental duo Sopriola.
Two CDs of Rachel’s music have been released by Omnibus Classics: Vanishing Barriers, collected works for string quartet, recorded by the Callino String Quartet (Nov 2016) and Odysseus and the Sorceress, music for baroque strings, theorbo, cornetts and sackbuts, inspired by episodes from Homer’s Odyssey (Jan 2020).
Rachel recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.