Rachel has been involved in music from an early age and went onto Study a BA in Music at Leeds College of Music, where she specialised in opera/vocal performance, community music and research. Rachel then went to the Royal Northern College of Music to study for a PGCE in Music. Since completing this she has embraced a portfolio career combining arts administration with with working as a freelance singer and a music tutor in primary and secondary schools across the north west, devising and developing various outreach projects and workshops. Always on the look out for exciting new challenges she joined Team PSO in its infancy, as their General Manager. Rachel has helped to set up and establish the orchestra from concept to reality.
Jaemi Blair Loeb
Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas D Hopkinson
Vocal Animateur in Residence
Thomas trained as singer at the Royal Northern College of Music on both the Masters and PGDip courses. These studies were supported by The Laurin & Arthur Glaze Trust, The Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent and Thomas was The Independent Opera Scholar for the 2013/14 academic year.
Thomas Thomas has peformed Collatinus (The Rape of Lucrertia), Betto (Gianni Schicchi) and Mustafa (L’Italiana in Algeri) in staged opera excerpts; full roles include Ben (Indigestion), Viktor (Anya 17 World Premier and tour to Romania); Nettuno & Tempo (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Drebyednyetsov (Paradise Moscow), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Wagner (Faust), Count Ceprano (Cover, Rigoletto), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and most recently Ferrando (Il Trovatore). Thomas has sung chorus with The Longborough Festival Opera and Opera North. Thomas has also worked on the concert platform Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Beethoven’s ninth symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Tippet’s A Child of Our Time, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, the Star Bear The Bear, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s The Creation and multiple Opera Galas.
Alongside his busy singing schedule Thomas also works as a Vocal Animateur and has worked with RNCM Youth Perform, Leeds Youth Opera, Nottinghamshire Scouts, Xaverian College, Bishop Grossesteste University, Blackburn Music Society, multiple choral societies and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. In his time with PSO Thomas has Chorus Mastered the 2015 Jason Manford Christmas Carol Concert, The Planets and Collyhurst Sings. Thomas has also helped to deliver educational workshops for PSO in conjunction with the Collyhurst Big Local, working with many Primary and Secondary students in the Collyhurst area. He also is the MD of The Academy Singers and Community Choir set up by PSO and The Manchester Communication Academy.
For further information about Thomas’ schedule see: www.tdhopkinson.co.uk