Rachel Cannon

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Guildhall Young Artists Norwich
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Rachel is a professional clarinettist and woodwind specialist. After completing sixth form at Chetham's School of Music, she trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Medal and the Rosebowl prize as runner up in the prestigious Gold Medal Concerto competition. She was principal clarinet of the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for several years before pursuing a freelance career, playing with all the major London orchestras. Rachel has also performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared on Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Rachel has always enjoyed combining teaching with performing, aiming to pass on her love and enthusiasm for all types of music and art forms. She has coached many wind ensembles and youth orchestra sections, including Junior Guildhall, London and leads the adult clarinet choir, "A Conference of Clarinets". Rachel also teaches at Norwich School.

She is principal clarinet in the Academy of St Thomas Orchestra, Norwich.