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Emotional Opener to Beethoven Festival

11 February 2016

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Vocal & Opera Studies

Pianist Rachel Starritt gave a stunning performance yesterday lunchtime in the opening concert of our Beethoven: Music in Revolution Festival.

Rachel, who was born blind, attended the Junior Conservatoire at RWCMD before winning a place on the undergraduate music programme. She is currently in her second year. You can read more about her incredible musical journey here.

Rachel’s performance of Beethoven’s complex and heroic Choral Fantasy in C, Op. 80 accompanied by the Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, earned her a rapturous reception and three curtain calls from a full Dora Stoutzker Hall.


Earlier in the programme, soprano Reisha Adams, a graduate of RWCMD’s MA in Opera Performance and winner of the Ian Stoutzker Prize in 2012 (left), returned to delight the packed house with her performance of Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, Op. 65.

Reisha is currently covering the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at English National Opera.

Rehearsal photos by Kiran Ridley.



Rachel was featured on BBC Wales Today on 11 February and on the RNIB’s Insight Radio.

Update: Read The Guardian’s 4-star review of Beethoven: Music in Revolution.