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Rachel Stott

Rachel Stott is a viola player and composer. She played for some years with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and other period instrument orchestras while also exploring new music with Music Projects of London, Ensemble Exposé and the New Music Players. She currently performs with chamber groups The Revolutionary Drawing Room, Incantati, Trio Notturno and Sopriola and explores repertoire for viola d’amore in both contemporary and baroque contexts.  

Rachel's compositions have been performed at the London South Bank, Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, in UK festivals and abroad in Europe, America and Japan. She has written four string quartets, for the Fitzwilliam, Dante, Callino and Revolutionary string quartets, and a record-breaking work, Odysseus in Ogygia, for six viola d'amores. She has particular expertise in writing for period instruments, including viols, cornetts and sackbuts, baryton, lute and theorbo, several of which appear on her CD Odysseus and the Sorceress. Other works include Stenclmusic, a music theatre piece about the Jewish East End, several song cycles, Several World for massed saxophone ensemble and an opera for children, The Cuckoo Tree, based on the novel by Joan Aiken.

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