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About Rachel

Bespoke music presents offered - select a piano piece and I can dedicate it to someone of your choice and upload it for you to pass on.
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Pianist
Newhaven

I live in East Sussex where I am in demand as a soloist, professional accompanist and chamber musician. I trained at the Royal College of Music, gaining a Masters in Performance and have studied and performed in piano masterclasses with tutors including Steven Kovacevich, Bernard Roberts, Howard Shelley, Joanna MacGregor and John Lill. I am the resident piano teacher and pianist at the East Sussex Academy of Music and have performed in many venues including Croydon’s Fairfield Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. I collaborate with musicians including violinists Rebekah Allan, Maeve Jenkinson, Andrew Roberts and cellists Ivana Peranic and Christopher Allan. I play in many chamber groups locally and perform and do education work with Orchestra of Sound and Light and Kidenza. As an accompanist, I am an excellent sight-reader with a very wide and diverse repertoire, especially in string and vocal music. I have a friendly and approachable manner and I am equally happy to accompany professional recitals, choral societies, exams and music festivals and to work with people of all ages and standards. Whilst I do not specialise in jazz or early music I am comfortable with basic lead sheets, improvisation and playing figured bass. Since lockdown I have offered tailored services including online piano teaching, exam preparation in all aspects, practice exams, accompaniments recorded at the speed of your choice. I am also offering tailored presents where I can perform special requests and dedicate them to anyone of your choice. My fee is negotiable depending on what you want.

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4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Contemporary Christian, Christmas, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Easy listening, Light music, Baroque
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Charity event, Birthday party, Burns night, Cruise, New Year's Eve, Recording session, Private event, Virtual event, Christmas party, Theatre / Show, Corporate event
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Repetiteur
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Song list

I have an extensive repertoire of solo pieces including popular classics, well-known works by Bach, Debussy, Chopin and many more.
I also play other genres including ragtime, jazz, show tunes and pop music.
As an accompanist I have an extensive repertoire and have accompanied grade 8 on almost all instruments and have learnt most core repertoire including most duo sonatas by Brahms. I have excellent sight-reading skills so just ask if you want anything specific.
I've listed a few solo pieces below
J S Bach - Goldberg Variations, Partitas, Suites, Prelude and Fugues
Bartok Suite op.14
Becker - Light in the Dark
Beethoven - Sonatas including ‘Moonlight’, ‘Pastorale’, op.109 in E major, 32 Variations in C minor, Concerto no. 1 in C, Concerto no. 4 in G
Berg - Sonata
Brahms - Sonata op.5 no. 3, Rhapsodies op.76, Op.116, 117, 118
Causton - Non mi comporto male
Chopin - Nocturnes, Etudes, Preludes, Waltzes (various), Ballad no.3, Scherzo no.2, Barcarolle
Copland - Four Preludes
Debussy - Preludes Book 1 & 2 (various), Suite Bergamasque (including Clair de Lune), Children’s Corner, Pour le Piano, L’isle Joyeuse
Finzi - Eclogue for Solo Piano and String orchestra
Gershwin - Three Preludes, Rhapsody in Blue
Godowsky – Study on Chopin’s Etude op.25 no.1
Godowsky / Saint-Saëns The Swan
Granados - The Maiden and the Nightingale
Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor
Haydn - Sonatas (various)
Messiaen - Vingt Regards and Preludes (various)
Mozart - Sonatas and Fantasias (various), Concerti no.17 in G major, No.18 in B flat major, No. 21 in C major (Elvira Madigan),
No.23 in A major
Rachmaninov - Preludes (various)
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee (Arr. Glazunov)
Scarlatti - Sonatas (various)
Schubert - Moments Musicaux
Schumann - Abegg Variations, Carnaval, Kinderscenen, Arabesque, Piano concerto in A minor
Scriabin - Sonata no.10, Prelude and Nocturne for Left Hand
Shostakovich - Concerto no.2
Suk - O matince (About Mother) op.28
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always be as flexible as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

I have core repertoire as listed and you can choose anything from that list providing there's enough notice

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Sure, just let me know what you want and I'll do my best to make it work.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£115
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£250
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Virtual bespoke piano recital
If you want to give a personalised gift with a difference, I’m offering videos of me playing your favourite music. I’ve added some examples of pieces below and I can present it with a special message dedicating my performance to someone special. I’m happy to send it as a video, an audio file, or burn it to a CD for your chosen person to enjoy. You can choose either one piece or up to 5 minutes of music (whichever is the greater) for audio or CD : £20 (plus any postage costs) or a video or DVDR for £25 (plus any postage costs). I can use yousendit, wetransfer, dropbox and most other formats. Pieces in my core repertoire are listed below. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto Bach: Goldberg Variations: Aria or any variations Beethoven: Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata 1st movement, Pathetique Sonata slow movement. Debussy: Clair de Lune, The girl with the flaxen hair, Voiles, Arabesques 1 & 2 Chopin: Nocturnes in E flat major and B flat minor, Minute waltz, Fantasie-Impromptu, Raindrop Prelude Gershwin: Preludes 1, 2 and 3 Grieg: Nocturne, Butterfly Billy Mayerl: Marigold Ravel: Pavane for une infante defunte Satie: Gymnopedies 1-3, Gnossiennes 1-3 Sinding: Rustle of Spring There are many other pieces in my repertoire so if you think of something else just ask. There may be an extra charge for any pieces not listed here.
£30

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Katherine J, 8 months ago

Rachel's performance in this years' Hurst festival was a virtual one because of Covid-19. Rachel was easy to work with, replying promptly and with appropriate photos and videos to correspondence. Her performance was brilliant, full of imagination, sensitivity, energy and precision, combined with an amazing technique. She presented it really well with a really accessible and informative pre-concert talk.

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Katherine J, 8 months ago

Rachel's performance in this years' Hurst festival was a virtual one because of Covid-19. Rachel was easy to work with, replying promptly and with appropriate photos and videos to correspondence. Her performance was brilliant, full of imagination, sensitivity, energy and precision, combined with an amazing technique. She presented it really well with a really accessible and informative pre-concert talk.

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