Violinist Rachel Spencer enjoys a wide-ranging freelance career as a chamber musician. Originally from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Peter Lissauer and James Clark, and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alexander Janiczek, graduating with Distinction and a special award for Outstanding Performance. In addition to winning the major prizes and scholarships during her studies, in 2011 Rachel was selected as a Young Artist in Residence at the RCS. Rachel is violinist of the Kapten Trio, which has held the prestigious position of Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Ensemble 2017-19, and she is first violinist of the Roxburgh Quartet.
Rachel performs regularly throughout Scotland and further afield with ensembles such as Red Note Ensemble, the Assembly Project and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at festivals across Europe and on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio London.
Passionate about music education, Rachel has led education projects across the UK, Denmark and the Middle East through music outreach scheme Live Music Now, and she is education officer for the Loch Shiel Festival. Rachel is also in demand as a singer and vocal leader and is soprano coach for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.