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Rachel Little's Biography

Rachel studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Patricia MacMahon and at the Royal College of Music with Eiddwen Harrhy. An experienced oratorio singer, she has performed extensively in venues from The Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin.

She was the soprano soloist for a BBC Radio 3 recording of Haydn’s The Creation, conducted by Sir Philip Ledger, and the soloist for two BAFTA award-winning film sound tracks Transition and American Cousins, both composed by Donald Shaw.

On the concert platform she has worked with internationally renowned conductors including Sir David Wilcocks, Peter Robinson and Tan Dun. Recent performances include Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate conducted by David Chapman, Handel’s Messiah with the Manchester Chamber Choir and the Haydn Harmonie Messe in St Asaph’s Cathedral, Wales.

On the operatic stage Rachel has sung for three years with the critically acclaimed Opera Holland Park Chorus and performed in the British Premiere of Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has won several awards including the Jean Highgate Scholarship, the Jewish Choral Prize and the Hugh Sloane Memorial Award.

Once again Rachel Little was the outstanding soprano soloist. As ever her singing was thoughtful, intelligent and personal. She conveys Bach’s music to her audiences as if it had been written for each of them personally. There is tenderness and affection in every phrase. (Bach: St Matthew Passion)

Ian Jones

(Director of the Cumbria Choral Initiative and Levens Choir)