Rachel Waters

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Rachel is a freelance cellist based in South East Wales.
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Rachel was born and bred in South East Wales and was fortunate to have been introduced to music at a young age. After discovering singing and the piano, she took up the cello at the age of 8 and the oboe at 13 and soon began playing in many ensembles (both in school and in Gwent Music Support Service). She became a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales at the age of 16 and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales the following year. She went on to win a scholarship to study Music at Cardiff University, eventually specialising in cello performance (under Dewi Watkins) and music analysis and becoming a very active member of the performing scene. In 2007, she founded the Aylestone String Quartet with other students on her course and they are now a regularly performing quartet who specialise in music for weddings and functions. One of the highlights of her performing career at this time was playing the solo cello part for Martin Ellerby’s Via Crusis (a work for solo cello and wind band) in the Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. After graduating in 2010, Rachel felt she wanted to pursue the performing aspect of her studies further and was awarded a place on the MA Music Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study part-time from 2010 to 2012 under Peter Esswood. Studying at RWCMD brought Rachel many fantastic performing opportunities. As well as being principal cellist of the Symphony, Chamber, String and Opera orchestras, she was also successful in auditioning for placements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. As well as orchestral work, RWCMD gave Rachel the chance to broaden her solo and chamber music repertoire through both regular lessons and chamber music coaching and through masterclasses and lessons with artists such as Leonid Gorokhov, Alice Neary, Rosie Biss, David Adams and John Senter. Whilst studying and since graduating, Rachel has maintained an active performing and teaching diary. She regularly plays in pit orchestras, accompanying orchestras, string quartets and other ensembles, as well as for orchestras such as Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff Sinfonietta, Dartington Festival Orchestra and the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra. She regularly records for various bands and TV companies and, when she can, pursues her love of singing by performing with the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Rachel believes in sharing her love of music with others by teaching the piano, cello, double bass and music theory both privately and for Gwent Music. She teaches a wide variety of ages and abilities in many different settings and also conducts various junior / youth orchestras.

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Rachel's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Victoria E
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel was a pleasure to have as part of our day. She was professional from start to finish. Even though our date and venue moved multiple times due to covid, she was accommodating with every change. Her music was beautiful and our guests were wowed by her. Would highly recommend Rachel.

From other customers:

Holly N
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Arundel BN18
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5 out of 5

We were so lucky to have Rachel play at our wedding ceremony. Rachel’s beautiful music added to the magical ambience in the church making it really special. Rachel helped to select the music and even adapted seamlessly when the signing of the register overran! We can't recommend her highly enough.

Marisa R
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Llangattock
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5 out of 5

I can highly recommend Rachel Waters. Her gorgeous Cello playing made our Wedding celebration one that we will never forget. Her professionalism and organisation prior to the big day were fantastic, showing excellent communication and nothing was too much to ask. She was happy to play and recommend different pieces, tailoring the day to our needs. On the day, her beautiful playing resonated throughout the Church and was delightful. I would recommend her without hesitation, she will make a huge addition to your special day and you would be lucky to have her gorgeous playing at your Wedding or special event. Thank you Rachel!

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Rachel's Song list

Someone Like You – Adele
Skyfall – Adele
Hello – Adele
Make You Feel my Love – Adele
Burn – Ellie Goulding
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Run – Snow Patrol
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King)
A Whole New World (from Aladdin)
Beauty and the Beast
These Days – Rudimental
Fix You – Coldplay
A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman)
Never Enough (from The Greatest Showman)
Rewrite The Stars (from The Greatest Showman)
This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
Nuvole Bianche - Einaudi
Naked - James Arthur
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
Air on the G String – J.S. Bach
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Ave Maria – Schubert
This is just a selection of songs from my repertoire list, please get in touch if there any particular pieces or songs that you would me to play.
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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