RACHEL LOUISE MARSH
Rachel studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she gained a first class honours Bmus Degree in voice under the tutelage of Janet Price and Catherine Roe-Williams.
In her first year, Rachel was entered for the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary award and was the first young singer from the college to win the competition. In 2009 she also won the title of Music in the Vale's Young Singer of the Year competition. Recently she was also a finalist in The Thelma King Award for Singers at the Mid Somerset Festival.
At 15 she was accepted into The National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Concert performances with the choir included Classic FM evening with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and a Gala Evening in Birmingham's Symphony Hall with Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter and The King's Singers. Previous operatic roles include Mrs Jaffett (Noye's fludde) in RWCMD's School Opera Project, the Countess from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Elisetta (Il matrimonio Segretto), Angelica (Orlando) and Dorthee from Massanet's Cendrillon.
Rachel has also been the understudy soprano soloist to soprano Amanda Roocroft in the RWCMD college chorus performance of Brahms Requiem and has also been a participant in Masterclasses with Nathalie Dessay, James Gilcrest, Micheal Pollock and Elin Manahan Thomas. She has also performed with many choral societies and conductors as a soloist ranging from Crickhowell Choral (Maybel in Pirates of Penzance), Vivaldi's Gloria with The Harcombe Singers and Mozart's Requiem conducted by Adrian Partington in Llandaff Cathedral with the RWCMD chamber choir and Adrian Lucas in Bristol Cathedral (Come and Sing Mozart) Aside from performing, Rachel also teaches singing around South Wales.
In March, Rachel was chosen to travel to China as an ambassador for RWCMD and to teach singing at the Chongqing Arts School in Chongqing.She was also in China as a guest soloist for the Welsh Assembly Government office and also for the official Wales Week reception.
Rachel recently has been appointed vocal leader for the Welsh National Youth opera 14-16 singing group which is a newly formed group in association with the welsh national opera youth and community department and is also the vocal advisor and conductor to her newly formed choir, the Llysfaen Singers.