Rachel Redmond was born in Glasgow. She discovered her love of singing with the Junior Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the age of seven, and later spent ten years singing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, frequently as a soloist.
Rachel studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and received her BA Hons from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the Florence Veitch Ibler prize for Oratorio performance in her final year. She went on to earn a master of music (with merit) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Her repertoire includes Bach’s Magnificat and St Matthew and St John Passions, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Saul and Israel in Egypt, Daquin’s Les douze Noels, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Torke’s Book of Proverbs.
Rachel made her Glyndebourne debut last summer in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and other recent solo performances include Apparition in Verdi’s Macbeth (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Brahms’ Requiem (Glasgow City Halls, with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra), Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (Royal Albert Hall, with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and BBC SSO) and Handel’s Saul, as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
She has recorded as a soloist with NYCoS and the RSAMD Chamber Choir and this year she was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a finalist in the London Bach Prize.
Her forthcoming performances include Iris in Lully’s Atys, with Les Arts Florissantes when Rachel will be a member of William Christie’s Jardin des Voix, 2011.