Roots Down, Branches Out

Rachel Maby

Rachel Maby is a mezzo-soprano from London who studied on the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester. She was brought up in Highbury, went to Christ Church as a child and worked as assistant choir director for the Highbury Young Singers, run by Sarah Wilkinson. She now works as a singing teacher, choir director and soloist in London.

Rachel works a lot in the Islington community and is on the committee for local musical charity, Highbury Opera Theatre. She directs choirs of all ages, from children at the Centre for Young Musicians in Hackney to the City Academy Chamber Choir for adults, which rehearse in Holborn.

Rachel has a strong choral background, having sung as a member of the Genesis Sixteen, conducted by Sir Harry Christophers, and for Manchester Singers – a vocal consort she co-founded in 2015. As a choral singer, she has performed in notable UK performance venues, from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall to St Martin-in-the-Field’s in London.

Before embarking on a classical career, Rachel studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and sang with the London Vocal Project, conducted by Pete Churchill. She has collaborated with a number of UK jazz musicians on performance and album projects, such as Soweto Kinch, Johnny Hunter, Kyran Matthews and Manchester Jazz Ensemble. She now runs the Christ Church jazz choir for Christ Church Jazz Vespers – a group of young up-and-coming soul/jazz singers.

Rachel performs as a classical mezzo-soprano and has a particular love of performing new music. She co-founded Khymerikal chamber ensemble in Manchester, working alongside Christ Church organist and pianist, Hamish Brown, performing at venues such as The Forge in London, Lancaster Jazz Festival and The Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. She has also performed extensively for Constella opera-ballet, performing new operas at the Tête à Tête and Grimeborn opera festivals, Edinburgh International Festival, Arts Theatre in Leicester Square and Lidbury Theatre, Sadler’s Wells.

Rachel’s up-coming performances can be found on her website