Violinist, Rachael Beesley is one of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic performers. Based in The Netherlands over the last 14 years, she has established an exciting career as concertmaster and soloist with the finest European orchestras specialising in Early Music. Now based in Australia, Rachael has A Graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music and a Master of Music from The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands, Rachael is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist, performing with Ironwood, Salut! Baroque and La Compañia. Rachael appears as guest concertmaster with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, director and soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony and Melbourne Chamber Orchestras as well as concertmaster with Opera Australia, Victorian and Pinchgut Opera and has recorded over 50 CD recordings for Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Sony and ABC Classics. As a professor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, Rachael has developed unique courses on Historical Performance Practice and Practising In Flow. A devoted educator Rachael teaches and guest lectures at the Conservatoriums of Music in Melbourne and Sydney and the Australian National Academy of Music.
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We asked Rachael a few questions
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Possibly champagne but definitely green tea – always
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Between 50mins (without an interval) & 2hours (with an interval) – and preferably some food & wine nearby 😉
- When should we clap? Anywhere you feel you should – 18th & 19th century audiences also booed, whistled, ate, threw food, played cards, had sex, and drank during concerts. Bring back the opera-concert room mosh pits of early Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart we say – The Tap Room & Theatre Royal Concerts live on where the audience came back even rowdier after interval!!
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