"... a performer of highest integrity and generosity"
"... a most beautiful and attractive lyric soprano voice"
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. Instead, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel has continued to create and share music on various live and digital platforms and has collaborated in performance and outreach projects with companies including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Together Dementia Support, Healthy Arts, SoundUp Arts, and Clonter Opera. In 2021 Rachel will sing as a Young Artist at Buxton International Festival, in recital at the Stoller Hall with harpist Alice Kirwan, and in the role of Lotty for a recording of G.A. MacFarren's The Soldier's Legacy with Retrospect Opera.
Recital (with Harp) - Debussy, Ravel, & more
Candlelight Concerts, The Stoller Hall
5th August 2021
Mrs Nordstrom, A Little Night Music
Buxton International Festival
Lotty, The Soldier's Legacy
Retrospect Opera, UK (recording)
TuneUp - 5 Musical Ways to Wellbeing
SoundUp Arts Online Project Release