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Rachel  Rees

Rachel Rees

Associate Lecturer

School of Media Arts and Technology


With over 15 years professional stage experience - including performing as a soloist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ - Rachel initially trained at the Ballet Rambert School and began her stage career as a dancer for the Vienna Festival and Dublin City Ballet companies. During this time, she also appeared in pop music videos for Freddy Mercury and Ben E. King.

Having also trained as a classical singer, she then expanded her repertoire to musical theatre where she continued vocal training with renowned coloratura soprano Mady Mesple apprentice Janet Chvatal.

Following her contract with Phantom of the Opera she toured extensively in a series of highly successful Musical Review shows in Europe performing highlights from various musicals alongside cast members from Phantom, Cats, Evita, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables and the Vienna State Opera. These reviews gave rise to numerous promotional TV appearances and follow on sales in CDs in which she also featured as a soloist.

Additionally, Rachel worked as a recording artist for a number of productions, including work for an Oasis band member and as a lead singer for Bogner Records in Germany consequently appearing in various music festivals and Schlager competitions throughout Germany and Austria.

She went on to further develop her range of vocal techniques and completed a pop vocal training programme in Boston, USA where she also qualified as a pop vocal coach. Following this, she coached some of the first Pop Idol TV show candidates in Vienna, Austria and later adjudicated on the Sovereign Radio Star Voice Challenge in the UK. 
Rachel also established a successful vocal training studio whilst in Vienna, which during its ten years, trained and produced a number of successfully acclaimed singers.

During her career as a singer, she gained extensive studio experience both featuring and backing on various CD productions and produced countless demo recordings for students. 

More recently, she has taught performing arts at a private school in East Sussex and now works as an associate lecturer in BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance at Southampton Solent University. 

Currently, Rachel also sings for the lounge band project 'Smooth Moods'.

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