Rachel Shouksmith - soprano

Rachel Shouksmith graduated from the London College of Music in 1992 where she studied singing with John Cameron and was awarded the Henry Baker Memorial Prize for outstanding performance.  Since then, she has been involved in all kinds of music making including recording, oratorio, opera, recitals and teaching.

In her career Rachel has been lucky enough to perform as soprano soloist with choral societies and orchestras all over the country in works such as Bach St Matthew Passion, Brahms Requiem, Handel Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Haydn Nelson, Harmony and Marie-Therese Masses, Mendlessohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem and Vespers, Poulenc Gloria (conducted by Brian Kay), Rutter Requiem, Alan Smith Requiem (world premiere), Vivaldi Gloria and Vaughan-Williams Benedicite. Other orchestral works performed include Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, Ravel Shéhérazade and Strauss Vier Letze Lieder with the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel also loves performing opera and has sung with several opera companies such as British Youth Opera and New Sussex Opera. Recent roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas Purcell), Fanciulla (Edgar Puccini), Spirit of Mireille’s mother (Mireille Gounod), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites Poulenc, excerpts directed by Christopher Cowell) and Aloès (L’Étoile Chabrier) on tour for New Sussex Opera (directed by Susanna Waters) where she received the following review:  “a fine performance from Rachel Shouksmith as Aloès, downtrodden at first but wonderfully flirtatious later”!