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Rachel Wheatley (Soprano)

Born: Windsor, Berkshire, England

The English soprano, Rachel Wheatley, studied cello and flute at the Guildhall school of ​Music in London ​on a scholarship ​​before going on to read music at Oxford University​ as a choral schola​r ​ where she obtained her Bachelo of Music degree (with Honours).​ She went on to study postgraduate singing at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.

Rachel Wheatley's career has encompassed a broad range of repertoire ranging from much prominence in the Early Music field with such groups as I Fagiolini, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, Taverner Consort and Gabrieli Consort through to contemporary repertoire with the London Sinfonietta Voices. She has performed opera in the UK, France, Belgium and Austria with such groups as Kent Opera and Music Restor'd and has appeared as soloist in oratorio and concert work throughout the world, including a live broadcast of a televised J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) from South Africa, solo appearances on BBC Radio 3 and also at the BBC proms at the Albert Hall, London, Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square.

Rachel Wheatley especially enjoys recital work in which area she has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with Elly Ameling, Hugues Cuénod, Paul Hamburger and Malcolm Martineau. She was selected to work on song repertoire with Malcolm Martineau as a Crear Scholar of 2011.

2012-2013 ​season sees Rachel Wheatley performing several recitals in and around Edinburgh, performing J.S. Bach with the Edinburgh Bach Choir, Haydn with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union in the Usher Hall​, performing George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach arias with the acclaimed period orchestra, The English Concert in London, singing J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) in Gloucester Cathedral and ​performing Pamina in an educational project, Aerial-O with Scottish Opera. She is currently living between the UK, Paris and Rome and studies with Pat MacMahon in Scotland.

Source: Rachel Wheatley profile on LinkedIn
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
BCP Vol. 4: CD-1:
BWV 9, J. Kuhnau/J.S. Bach: Motet Der Gerechte kömmt um
BCP Vol. 19: CD-1:
BWV 155, BWV 3, BWV 13; CD-2: BWV 26, BWV 81, BWV 14, BWV 227
BCP Vol. 24: CD-2:
BWV 166, BWV 108, BWV 117
BCP Vol. 25: CD-1:
BWV 86, BWV 87, BWV 97
BCP Vol. 26: CD-1:
BWV 172, BWV 59, BWV 74, BWV 34; CD-2: BWV 173, BWV 68, BWV 174
BCP Vol. 27: CD-1:
BWV 184, BWV 175
BCP Purification:
BWV 83, BWV 125

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Rachel Wheatley on LinkedIn


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