Saturday, 24 May 2014

Rachel Timney, mezzo-soprano

Rachel graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a Bmus(Hons) specialising in Vocal Performance and Music in the Community. She studied singing in Edinburgh with Margaret Aronson.

Throughout her degree and since then she has performed in many musicals and operas, several of which took place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2009 Rachel played the role of Joanne in the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group's Rent and in 2010 she performed various roles including Hansel from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in the Edinburgh Studio Opera's Opera Sins.

Rachel co-founded the musical theatre production company TwoSquared Productions which has enjoyed several successful Fringe runs since it began in 2011. She directed one of their first shows, I Love You Because.

Although being part of a production team is another of Rachel's passions, last year she was back performing at the Fringe with the Edinburgh Studio Opera Society as Female Primatologist in The Okavango Macbeth, libretto by Alexander McCall Smith and music by Tom Cunningham.

Rachel has recently been branching out into the world of craft and has gone into business with her Gran, Margaret. Woolly Gran make all kinds of knitted toys, sewn clothes, jewellery, paintings and more. They have a Folksy shop online and are also exhibiting at markets and pop-up shops.

Rachel has always been keen to sing new music and is excited to rise to the challenge of working with the Masters of Composition students this summer. She has worked with a some of these composers before and it is an honour to have been asked to perform their music again.


The Okavango Macbeth, 2011:
Great comic support is also given from Laura Reading and Rachel Timney as the female Primatologists, constantly engaged in the action of the piece, they never let the humour or their voices down. Fill these incredible performances with strong harmonies from the chorus and this is a production that is memorable for all the right reasons.” - Public Reviews

“...some of the vocal performances were exceptional. All the primatologists (Jerome Knox, Rachel Timney and Laura Reading) were excellent, capturing the mixture of comedy and sincerity needed.” - Emma Hall, Discover Singing

Edinburgh Studio Opera, Opera Sins 2010:
The performances from Rachel Timney (Hansel) and Laura Reading (Gretel) definitely made this scene, their voices being up to the task, and some of the expressions of delight on their faces being worthy of Hallmark” - Chris Cotter, Broadway Baby