Rachel Wilson

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Rachel is a graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is now a freelance cellist and instructor
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Rachel graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Bachelors degree in music performance. She is a versatile player and works as a freelance musician and educator. She has previously performed as a concerto soloist with Perth Youth Orchestra and as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, NYOS Futures, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra, Latitude Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow Philharmonia, Said Ensemble, Cadenza, Glasgow Studio Orchestra, Tinderbox Orchestra and The Nevis Ensemble. She was part of the band for Pitlochry Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz, for Paisley Musical and Operatic Society's production of My Fair Lady at The King's Theatre and Clydebank Musical Society's recent production of Oliver. She frequently works as a session musician for singer songwriters and pop groups including Seafret, Rosie H Sullivan, Gus Harrower, Rhona MacFarlane, Blair Coron, Hector Shaw, De Rosa, Calum Frame, Reverieme (Louise Connell), Greenback, Hector Bizerk, Kinbrae, JJ Gilmour, Pronto Mama, Monoganon, Urvanovic, Supa & Da Kryptonites, and Fat-Suit. She has played in various chamber groups and attended the Cadenza Summer Music course and currently working on chamber music with a pianist and also as part of a viola and cello duo. Rachel's journey into folk music began at the Alasdair Fraser fiddle course on Skye and she has gone on to play as part of a "top class backing band" with Patsy Reid and Ross Ainslie and now enjoys playing in weekly Scandinavian folk music sessions in Glasgow. On her 2014 trip to India she played at the Strings of the World Festival in Gurgaon and in 2015 she worked as a cellist in a string quartet on a cruise ship to the Carribbean. She has played in masterclasses with Peter Wispelway, Ursula Smith, Erkki Lahesmaa and Su-a Lee. She is an instrumental music instructor for South Lanarkshire.

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Rachel's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Leah W
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

We are so lucky for Rachel to play at our elopement! She was so wonderful, very clear communication, and made the day extra special. Highly recommended!

Jodie D
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel played at our wedding in December 2020 and was wonderful, we cannot thank her enough.

Ali H
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel was exactly what we were looking for for our wedding - beautiful music to help welcome our guests and accompany our ceremony. Rachel was easy to work with, great at keeping in contact, and on the day was punctual, professional, friendly, adapted as needed during the ceremony and her playing was beautiful. We received so many compliments from our guests. Thanks for adding to our special day!

Lloyd F
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel was brilliant. Nailed the written parts quickly which left loads of time to improvise and write better parts which improved the songs.

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Rachel's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£95
Up to 1 hour£320
Up to 2 hours£440
Up to 3 hours£550
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

There is an option to have my play with a guitarist for an additional fee

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

I will try my best to be as flexible as possible to make your event run smoothly. If timings change please be in touch as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will set up around 30 to 45 minutes before the performance time.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes absolutely. Cello is un-amplified and is played acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a specific song you would like to hear then I can play it for you no problem. Pop songs are easily learned but be aware that cello can only play the melody line, not lyrics or chords, so it can be a bit sparse. There may be additional fees if arrangements or rehearsing requires extra work and time.
Classical, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Covers
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Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Instrumental teaching
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