Friday, 18 May 2012

Rachel Hall Musician

Musical Sundays

We're very lucky here at the Oakeley Arms to have many talented people living close by, and we love it when they pop in to entertain us and our customers.

Regulars to the famous Oakeley Arms Sunday carvery will know that we love to have some musical accompaniment while we dine, and we'd very much like to welcome our latest musical addition - Rachel Hall. This super talented young musician will be at the Oakeley Arms every other Sunday, and we promise that she is not to be missed!

We caught up with Rachel to find out more.....

At the young age of just 21, Rachel has played with orchestras across the UK, including the Liverpool Sinfonia, the Leeds Sinfonia, Opera Venture Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and she's toured Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Britain with a number of different ensembles over the last six years.

This gifted musician was born in Wrexham and began to learn to play the clarinet at just 9 years old, and taught herself to play the flute soon after. It wasn't long before she also taught herself the bassoon and the saxophone, and was asked to play in a local quartet, and the school's quartet, which later became known as 'Saxafaction'. The group was very successful in competitions, winning their category in the Chester Music Festival and winning the overall prize in the Wrexham Music Festival.

After graduating from the Leeds College of Music last year, Rachel now lives in Snowdonia and performs saxophone professionally at weddings and other private functions.

Last summer Rachel was invited by Russell Grant to perform in the premiere of his new musical 'Bliss!' doubling on bassoon, clarinet, flute, alto tenor and baritone saxophones. Wow, we don't think there's an end to this young lady's remarkable talents!

You can find out more about Rachel and listen to a special demo track at her website
Rachel plays at the Oakeley Arms fortnightly at Sunday lunchtimes; her next performance is this Sunday (20th May). You won't want to miss this superb musical treat!

Rachel at the Oakeley Arms

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