Rachel Fright is currently a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, a role that she started in September 2017. Previously, she studied at the RNCM as a postgraduate student, after having completed a degree in Music at Pembroke College, Oxford, where she held the Instrumental Scholarship. During the course of her studies, Rachel was supported by the Helen Mackaness Award and studied with Stephen Savage and David Jones. Whilst at the RNCM, she won several prizes for accompaniment; the Stella Bradshaw Memorial Award, the Frost/Brownson Award for Accompaniment, the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award, the Brodsky Prize, the Alexander Young Prize and the James Martin Oncken Song prize.
Rachel has a particular interest in vocal accompaniment, and has received regular song duo coaching from Julius Drake and performed with singers in venues across the country, including the Bridgewater Hall ‘Introducing’ series, the Leeds Lieder Festival, Buxton International Festival, the Stoller Hall, Didsbury Coffee Concerts, and the Sowerby Music concert series. In May 2015, she performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of a Young Artists’ Day concert, and in October 2016 she was chosen to represent the RNCM at the prestigious Gerald Moore Award at the Henry Wood Hall, London. Rachel is an alumna of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse, which she attended in October 2015, receiving tuition from Roger Vignoles and Imogen Cooper. In 2018, Rachel was selected as a Leeds Lieder Young Artist and won the Hester Dickson Duo Prize to study at Oxenfoord International Summer School. Rachel also enjoys choral accompaniment, and is currently the accompanist for Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, amongst other choirs. She is also a musician for Live Music Now with duo partner Charlotte Badham (mezzo-soprano) and a deputy tutor for Yorkshire Young Musicians.