Rachel trained as a modern flautist, giving premieres of works by Robin Walker, John Ogden and Judith Weir before her interest was captured by the baroque flute.
Her recital discs of French baroque music established her reputation, and her recording of virtuosic works by Schubert and Boehm has been described as “a revelation”. She is also known for championing unknown work by Quantz.
Equally at home as an orchestral player, Rachel has had a long and distinguished career as principal flute with, among others, the AAM, the Hanover Band and Ex Cathedra. She has given masterclasses around the world, and is currently professor of baroque flute at the Royal College of Music.
Rachel has recently launched Uppernote, her own recording label and publishing house, with a tour de force recording of the complete Telemann Fantasias and another new disc of Quantz. Future plans include editions of Quantz sonatas and style guides to eighteenth-century articulation, ornamentation and cadenzas as well as a trill book for children. She is author of the Cambridge University Press handbook on the early flute.