The Chorus was delighted to welcome Rachel Fright as our new accompanist in October 2017. Rachel enjoys accompanying choirs, a passion which started as she played for the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Chorus and Chamber Choir in preparation for their performance of Penderecki’s Seventh Symphony at the Bridgewater Hall in June 2015. Since then, she has worked for the Hallé Youth Training Choir, Eton Choral Courses, Rossendale Ladies Choir, and Irlam Male Voice Choir, and she is a regular accompanist for Haydock Male Voice Choir and King Edward Musical Society Choir in Macclesfield.
Rachel is currently a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, a role that she started in September 2017. Previously, she studied solo piano and accompaniment at the RNCM as a postgraduate student, after having completed a degree in Music at Pembroke College, Oxford, where she held the Instrumental Scholarship. Rachel won several prizes for piano accompaniment during her studies. Notable appearances as an accompanist include a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of a Young Artists’ Day concert (May 2015) and an appearance at the Leeds Lieder Festival, taking part in a public masterclass taught by Roger Vignoles (April 2017).