Scottish Soprano Rachel Speirs studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she won the Betty Bannerman Award for French Song 2020, the Kennedy Strauss Award 2019 adjudicated by Simon Keenlyside, and was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize 2020 adjudicated by Dame Ann Murray and Sarah Tynan.
In 2020 Rachel sang Maria Betram in Dove's Mansfield Park and was due to join Grange Park Opera and Wexford Festival Opera for their Summer seasons. Recent engagements include performances and projects with Opera North, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, SoundUp Arts, Healthy Arts CIC, Random Opera, and Clonter Opera. In July 2021 Rachel returned to the theatre post-lockdown as Mrs Nordstrom in A Little Night Music for Buxton International Festival. Earlier in 2021 Rachel became Co-Director of SoundUp Arts CIC. In 2021-22, Rachel will sing the role of Lotty for a recording of G.A. MacFarren's The Soldier's Legacy with Retrospect Opera, will deliver workshops in Primary Schools for Grange Park Opera and Leeds Lieder, and joins English Touring Opera as Chorus for their mainstage shows and Soprano Principal for How To Find Your Name, a schools show suitable for SEND audiences.