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About Rachel

Professional flautist based in London. Solo flute performer and as part of Camellia Flute & Harp Duo for weddings, events, parties, funerals
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Rachel is a freelance award-winning flautist based in London. She performs as a solo flautist for weddings, events, functions and parties, as well as Bollywood themed events, Bar Mitzvahs and funerals. She is also part of the popular Camellia Flute and Harp Duo. Recent performance highlights include a solo with Bryn Terfel for the VJ 75 Celebration on BBC 1 (August 2020) and as a featured soloist for the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Classics Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Rachel Smith studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Northern College of Music and in 2013 graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford, Manchester. Concerto, recital and freelance work have taken her across the UK and around the world. She has played in the West End Theatre in Beauty and the Beast and Phantom Tour and tours regularly with London Festival Opera. Her playing has inspired new works from several British composers, some of whom feature on her first CD “Summer was in August” which has had featured on Classic FM. Rachel is a regular classical artist on Saga and P&O cruises and has featured in recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. She is passionate about chamber music and founded Camellia Flute and Harp Duo in 2000 to provide music for weddings including Bollywood themes), celebration parties, corporate events, funerals and Bar Mitzvahs, in addition to giving recitals across the UK. Camellia are a unique dynamic duo who love performing and sharing their talent with others. They always aim to source clients music requests and help them choose the most suitable music for their special event.

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Classical, Jazz, Pop, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Military, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Theatre / Show, Burns night
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Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Musicologist
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Rachel's Song list

Diverse repertoire includes Baroque and Classical through to the present day, popular classics, show tunes, jazzy numbers and chart hits! Here is a pretty comprehensive list to give an idea, but there's tons more, and we can accommodate requests too!
Classical pieces
Bach – Ave Maria*
Bach – Air on a G string
Bach - Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring*
Bach – Arioso
Bach – Badineria
Bach – Siciliano
Bach – Sheep may safely Graze*
Bizet – Menuetto
Bizet – Intermezzo
Bizet – Habanera
Chopin – Nocturne in Eb
Chopin – Minute Waltz (Op 64 no1)
Debussy – Maid with Flaxen hair
Debussy – First Arabesque
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Delibes – Flower duet -
Delibes – Waltz (from Coppelia)
Donizetti – Larghetto
Elgar – Chanson de Matin
Faure – Berceuse
Faure – Pavane
Franck – Panis Angelicus*
Gluck – Minuet (from Dance of the Blessed Spirit)
Gluck – Dance (from Dance of the Blessed Spirit)
Grieg – Morning
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Air (from Water music Suite No.1) -
Handel – Allegro (from Water Music Suite No.2)
Handel – La Rejouissance (from Music for the Royal Fireworks)
Khachaturian - Spartacus
Kreisler – Schon Rosmarin
Liszt – Liebestraum
Lully – Gavotte
Mascagni – Intermezzo -
Massenet – Meditation
Mendelssohn – Bridal March (from Midsummer night’s dream)
Mozart – Allegro (from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
Mozart – Romance (as above)
Mozart – Menuetto (as above)
Mozart – Rondo (as above)
Mozart – Andante (from Piano Concerto No.21)
Mozart – Canzona de Cherubin (from Marriage of Figaro)
Offenbach – Barcarolle
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Puccini – Oh my beloved Father
Purcell – Abdelazer - Rondeau
Ravel – Bolero
Rutter – Chanson (Suite Antique)
Rutter – Prelude (Suite Antique)
Saint-Saens – The Swan
Satie – Gymnopedie No.1
Schubert – Ave Maria*
Tchaikovsky – Waltz (from Sleeping Beauty)
Tchaikovsky – Waltz (from Swan Lake)
Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers (from Nutcracker)
Vivaldi – Spring (from the Four Seasons)
Vivaldi – Winter (from the Four Seasons)
Wagner – Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin)
* These pieces are not allowed to be played during a Civil Ceremony.
Popular music
Amazed - Lonestar
As time goes by
Ain’t no sunshine
Annie’s song
Almaz – Diana Ross
Always a woman to me
Autumn Leaves
Bidin' my time
Beauty and the Beast – Celine Dion
Baby can I hold you tonight
Chi Mia - Morricone
Cavatina - Deer hunter
Do it again
Dream a little dream of me
Don’t cry for me Argentina
Don’t know why – Norah Jones
Embraceble you
Every breath you take
Evergreen - Barbra Streisand
Eternal Flame
Forever and ever
Fly me to the moon
From this moment
Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy version
Georgia on my mind
Greenwaves - Secret Garden
Gates of Dawn - Secret Garden
Greatest love of all
Have I told you lately that I love you
Home Blues
He loves and she loves - (Funny Face)
Here comes the sun
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Have you ever really loved a woman
How do I live (without you)
In my life
I got rhythm (Girl Crazy)
I will always love you
If your not the one – Daniel Bedingfield
I don’t know how to love him
I could have danced all night
Jesus to a child – George Michael
Kiss from a rose – Seal
Let there be love
Love walked in (The Goldwyn Follies)
Love chages everything
Love story (where do I begin)
My baby just cares for me
Maria - (West side story)
Moon river
Memory (Cats)
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - Sakamoto
My heart will always go on – Celine Dion
Nobody does it better
Nightingale – Norah Jones
Over the rainbow - Eva Cassidy version
Our love is here to stay
Oh, lady be good (Lady, be good)
Pennies from heaven
Promise me – Beverley Craven
Perfect moment – Martine McCutcheon
Right here waiting (for you)
Runaway – The Corrs
Silent wings - Secret Garden
Saving the best till last
Send in the clowns
She (Nottinghill)
Song for Guy
Someone to watch over me
Starry starry night
The sharp of my heart – Sting
The first time (ever I saw your face)
The music of the night (The Phantom of the Opera)
The girl from Ipanema
The Promise - Secret Garden
The Man I Love
Time after time
True colours
Try to remember
This years love – David Gray
Take five
The Blower's daughter - Damien Rice
Turn me on – Norah Jones
Unbreakable - Westlife
What a difference a day makes
We have all the time in the world
When I fall in love
Wind beneath my wings
When I need you
Wild theme – Mark knopfler
When you say nothing at all
Wade in the water – Eva Cassidy
What a wonderful world
With you I’m born again
Wonderful tonight
When you tell me that you love me
Will you - Hazel O'Connor
Younger than springtime (South Pacific)
You only live twice
Your song – Elton John
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our dedication, professionalism and caring about what we do and how we look to help make your day special.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Venues across London and the UK

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Flute players from across the generations and all musicians

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Royal Albert Hall London

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

That's no problem at all, we can change things for you and be as flexible as possible. We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know and we’ll amend things.

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

No, but we're working on this.

How much time do you need to set up?


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

Of course, We can arrange a chat to ensure we know exactly what music you’re looking for.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, however two chairs and water would be great.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, if a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. We are always adding to our song list so do let us know what you’re after.
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Rachel's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Olwen B
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel played for Hook Choral Society in their performance of Bob Chilcott’s new Christmas Oratorio. Throughout the work the tenor soloist sings the part of the Evangelist, telling the story, accompanied by flute and harp. Rachel and Jenny Broome combined together superbly to create a beautiful sound. Rachel was very professional and delightful to have with us. I Highly recommend her.

From other customers:

James J
4 years ago, for a Concert in Hove
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5 out of 5

Rachel performed a recital with piano in 2019 for a celebration of an anniversary year of a church in Hove. She exceeded everyones expectations both in the extraordinary performance and introducing the pieces. She was asked to prepare a programme of English music for a non-concert going audience, which is most restricting. What we got was a really well crafted and well pitched choice of music that were not challenging to our audience but included some hitherto unknown composers to us. It was fantastic to hear local musicians enthusiastically play music by local contemporary composers. It was very satisfying to here all the positive comments during the interval and as people left on their way home. Rachel performed a recital with guitar at another local church in 2018. If the opportunity to host another concert comes then I will surely contact Rachel first. I commend her and the various accompanists that she collaborates with to anyone who reads this.

Classic F

“Charming performance”

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