BMus (Huns) Grad RNCM
Rachel Dent began studying the harp with Dorothy Gilbertson of Harrogate before accepting a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1997, studying with Eira Lynn Jones. She graduated with an honours degree in June 2001. In 1999 she received the Dearden Award for Achievement and the United Kingdom Harp Association Award.
Rachel continues to work as a soloist and has performed widely across the north of England, including such venues as St Ann’s Church, Manchester, Flixton House, Manchester, St Botolph’s Church, London, Hull University, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leeds Cathedrals, York, Beverley and Southwell Minster. Rachel has also provided music for Granada Television’s production of “A & E” and for BBC “Songs of Praise”: Her freelance orchestral career has included working with the Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia ViVa as well as Hull Philharmonic, Leeds College of Music Orchestra, and Beverley Chamber Orchestra.
Rachel also enjoys performing with choirs, most notably with Martin Neary and the Millennium Youth Choir of which she was a member. With MYC, Rachel sang at the opening night of the Millennium Dome on 31st December 1999 — 1st January 2000. She has also toured the world with National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Rachel has also organized two very successful John Rutter Singing days in Hull, and at a recent awards ceremony for Hull University, he suggested Rachel was ‘an ambassador for music in the region’.
Rachel is dedicated to teaching the pedal harp and clarsach, and has over 35 students of all ages and abilities, many achieving outstanding results in both locallnational music festivals and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations.
Rachel is an examiner for ABRSM, harp tutor for Yorkshire Young Musicians, Leeds University, Hull University, Wakefield Girls School, Ampleforth College and St Peter’s School in York. Past students have been awarded places and scholarships to study at Chetham’s School of Music, the Purcell School, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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