Rachel Maby is a mezzo-soprano from London who studied on the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and University of Manchester (UoM). She graduated with a 1st vocal performance diploma and a 2:1 Bachelor of Music (GRNCM). From September 2017 she will be studying a vocal masters in performance at Trinity Laban conservatoire of music and dance. She performs and teaches a vast array of repertoire, focussing on developing vocal versatility in classical, jazz and contemporary music.
Rachel has worked as an opera singer with notable companies and orchestras, which include Constella Opera-Ballet, Helios Collective, Nottingham Philhamonic orchestra and Asyla ensemble. Operatic roles include 'Mélisande' in the final act of Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy with the Asyla ensemble; 'Delilah' in Sideshows one-woman opera-ballet by Leo Geyer (Grimeborn Opera Festival, Tête à Tête Opera festival, Edinburgh Festival); 'Charlotte' in Glasstown opera-ballet excerpt by Leo Geyer (Arts Theatre, Leicester Square); Marthe in Faust excerpt by Gounod (RNCM Opera Theatre); 'Malika' in Lakme excerpt by Delibes with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Mark Heron at the Nottingham Concert Hall); Jou Jou in The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar (cond. Clark Rundell at the RNCM Opera Theatre) and 'Cupid' in Venus and Adonis by John Blow (Martin Harris Centre).
Alongside operatic work, Rachel sings as a concert soloist, with concert highlights including contralto soloist in the Messiah with Queen Park Singer's (cond. Oliver Till); Feel the Spirit by John Rutter with Salford Choral Society (cond. Justin Doyle); Nottingham Philharmonic Family concert (cond. Mark Heron) and Cinques Mélodies Grecques by Ravel with Settle Orchestra (cond. Leo Geyer).
Rachel has a particular passion for chamber and contemporary classical music. During her studies at the RNCM, she co-founded and performed in Khymerikal - a contemporary classical ensemble for voice, piano, clarinet, cello and violin. Khymerikal recorded twice live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune (listen here) and performed in diverse concert settings, from internationally recognised concert halls the Forge, King's Place and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, to the Lancaster Jazz Festival and Servant Jazz Quarters in London. She continues to perform new-music and has worked with contemporary classical composers, such as Camden Reeves, Jonathan Woolgar, Tom Harrold and Bertram Wee.
Rachel is also an experienced choral singer and alumni of the Genesis Sixteen (cond. Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan) and Manchester Singers (which she co-founded). She is currently working on an enhibition project at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Mayfair, performing music written by Oliver Beer. She regularly sings with Icosa chamber choir conducted by Luke Mather and has previously sung as soprano choral scholar at St Mary-of-the-Angel's in Nottinghill; second soprano in the Ad Solem chamber choir (cond. Dave Young and Robert Brooks), second soprano in RNCM Chamber Choir (cond. Jamie Burton) and alto in the London Vocal Project (cond. Pete Churchill). Choral performance highlights include Fauré's Requiem with the Sixteen at the Bridgewater Hall (cond. Harry Christophers); Sounds Sublime Festival at St Martin-in-the-Field's with Manchester Singers; Handel's Dixit Dominus at the Dora Stoutzker Hall with Genesis Sixteen (cond. Eamonn Dougan and Harry Christophers); Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Bridgewater Hall with RNCM Chamber Choir(cond. Mark Shanahan); Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with RNCM Chamber Choir (cond. Mark Elder) and John Dankworth's Final Concert at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Vocal Project (cond. Pete Churchill).
Rachel also has a strong jazz background - she started her formal jazz training aged 16, when she became the only jazz singer to study on the Junior Jazz Programme at the Royal Academy of Music, lead by trumpeter Nick Smart. At 19, she won third prize in the Finsterwalde International Jazz Singing Competition. Since then, she has collaborated and performed with a number of jazz groups and acclaimed jazz musicians, most notably Soweto Kinch (saxophonist/rapper), the Manchester Jazz Collective, Johnny Hunter (drummer), Kyran Matthews (saxophonist), Hugo Corbin (guitarist) and Giovanni Cacioppo (guitarist). Jazz performance highlights include the Grahamstown South Africa Jazz Festival with Soweto Kinch; singing alongside trumpeter Kenny Wheeler at Ronnie Scott's with the RAM Junior Jazz Band and singing with the London Vocal Project alongside Cleo Laine and John Dankworth in the acclaimed clarinnetist's final concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
Reocording credits include Soweto Kinch's The Legend of Mike Smith (2013).