Rachel Scott studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. She is now resident in Sydney.
Upcoming projects in 2013 include the fifth year of the chamber series ‘Bach in the Dark’ in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, recording Martin Wesley- Smith’s solo cello music, recording a CD of cello and accordion music (with Melbourne-based accordion virtuoso Anthony Schulz) and performances at various music clubs in and around Sydney.
Rachel also teaches for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) working with underprivileged children, going into schools teaching music to children who have never had this experience before. In 2013 she is about to embark on a highly ambitious project with the ACMF and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, bringing well-taught classroom music to a cluster of underprivileged Sydney schools, and creating an orchestra of engaged string players in the process. Rachel is also involved in writing music programmes for teachers in schools in both Sydney and rural NSW.
Rachel travels regularly to East Timor, where she is involved in training music teachers, working for Mary McKillop International. These young music teachers not only teach primary school children in Dili, but share their knowledge with other teachers all over Timor.
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We asked Rachel a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? Eight
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? In the garden, pottering around my vegetable patches. In the yoga studio, trying to become bendier. Or drinking wine with friends!
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Ideally, champagne. But I’ll settle for a good white wine.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? An hour. I start to get bored after that. I feel like all my senses are full, and want to go and absorb what I’ve heard.
- When should we clap? I don’t mind people who clap between movements. I don’t mind people who don’t clap at all. The thing that really gets my goat is people who unwrap sweet wrappers – especially when they do it really slowly. That drives me bananas!