Rachel Starritt

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Born in Bridgend, South Wales in 1994 and blind from birth.
Formal training on the piano from 2006 with Alison Bowring at the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD)
Age fourteen, achieved grade 8 distinction
By fifteen completed A-level Music
August 2013 played to a sell-out audience of 500 at St Martin in the Fields, London.
February 2016 delivered a highly-acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in C, Op. 80 to a capacity audience in the Dora Stoutzker Hall with the Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra and Chorus.
Involved in the Rio ‘Superhuman’ Campaign 2016 which involved recording at the Abbey Road Studios along with a number of exceptionally talented disabled musicians under the direction of Guy Farley. Involved in filming at various locations across London and a live performance on the Channel 4 show ‘The Last Leg’.
Attended music and drama workshops in Palermo in March 2016 with UCAN Productions, along with other Visually Impaired groups from Italy and Bulgaria. 
Winner of the Royal Welsh College of Music Walker Prize, John Roberts Memorial Award and the Ivor Coles Award
Starred as a pianist and educator in an episode of CBeebies ‘Melody’ in May 2016 
EPTA National Piano Competition 2016 and 2017: Area Winner
3rd in the Final of the Instrumentalist Solo for the Urdd Eisteddfod 2017 - Televised performance 
August 2017 played at ‘Bargehouse’ London.
6 month placement in Conservatori Liceu Barcelona under the tutelage of Alba Ventura. Experienced the culture and music, speaking fluent Spanish.