Rachel Ashton

Rachel Ashton’s performance as Patience was just what was needed to put the cream on the top of a very entertaining production.” NODA Magazine

Rachel Ashton was born in Liverpool to a farming family. Following her first degree in Linguistics and Italian at Lancaster University she embarked on a career with the Civil Service. She subsequently studied for a postgraduate diploma in vocal studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama supported by a bursary from the Laura Ashley Foundation. She currently studies under Suzanne Murphy and Neil Howlett and is also an alumni of the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme.

  

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Full operatic/operetta roles include The Marriage of Figaro as the Countess, The Magic Flute as Pamina, Patience in the title role, The Pirates of Penzance as Mabel, Trial by Jury as The Plaintiff and The Sorcerer as Aline (for The National Trust at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire).  Rachel has also performed as a chorister for British Youth Opera, Ensemble 10:10 (the “new music” division of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Huddersfield Choral Society, City of Manchester Opera and South Wales Male Voice Choir (on their album “Penrhiw”).

Rachel is a member of the newly formed Merseyside based classical trio “Sounds Classical” and recent performances include concerts at the newly restored Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead and the Victorian Athenaeum Club in Liverpool’s city centre.  Future performances include a series of Christmas concerts at Burton Manor, Cheshire and a series of recitals in Paris in 2007. 

Solo concert appearances include the “National Farmers’ Union 50th Anniversary Carol Service” at Blackburn Cathedral, a recital of French song/Lieder with European Chamber Opera at the Teatro de Bellas Artes in Tarazona, Spain, “Sing the Musicals” for Sing Live UK at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra, a concert of religious music in La Chiesa di Santa Nicola, Scheggino, Umbria, Italy with Handmade Opera, a solo recital at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, as part of the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a solo role in “Tales from the Vienna Woods” for the Cardiff Stuttgart Association at the Mansion House, Cardiff (broadcast on HTV Wales).

Rachel was a prize-winner and finalist at the 2003 Young International Singer Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and has recently been nominated for a Best Actress Award for her role as “Patience” by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.   She has also recently made her radio debut as a soloist on BBC Radio Merseyside’s weekly religious broadcast “United in Song”. 


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