Rachel Steele

ARTFORMS: Music , Cello


Perth born and bred, Rachel began learning the ‘cello on an instrument which belonged to her grandfather. She was a student on the Junior RSAMD programme, studying both ‘cello and clarinet, where she received a number of scholarships, including the Wolfson and the Musicians’ Benevolent.

Rachel attends Perth Academy and is principal ‘cellist in both the Academy and the Perth Youth Orchestras. She also sings with the Fair City Singers and was their instrumental soloist in their summer tour around Italy. She is also a probationer with the renowned local choir, Chansons.
Rachel’s musicianship has developed in the last few years and her Junior RSAMD tutors consider her to be a young musician of enormous potential. Now that she is about to audition to study at a conservatoire, her family had to make the decision to sell the family ‘cello in order to buy a better standard of instrument for Rachel’s professional career.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help to purchase a new good-quality ‘cello.

Since the Award

Rachel subsequently bought a Chinese-made 'cello with a beautiful sound and which she is delighted with. She continues to lead the Perth Youth Orchestra, reached the final of the Perth Chamber Music Young Player competition and starts her further studies in music in 2010 at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Thank you for your letter informing me of my award … the news was so wonderful. Please inform the committee that I thank them for their offer.