Entries open 01/01/2024 and close 28/02/2024
The date is likely to be on one of the following: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th May – and will be in St Mark’s Church
Born in North Lincolnshire, Rebecca started playing the piano at the age of six. When she was 14, she was invited to help out the organist at the local church and she began to take organ lessons, at first locally and later at Lincoln Cathedral with Roger Bryan. In 1990 she was awarded an Organ Scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge – the only woman in her year to be successful. In the College Chapel she and her fellow organ scholar were responsible for accompanying and directing two choral evensong services per week. Whilst at Cambridge, in addition to studying for her Music degree she studied the organ with Anne Page. She continues to play the organ at local churches, most recently at St Bartholomew’s, Leigh.
Rebecca has performed both in the UK (including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and King’s College Chapel, Cambridge) and abroad. Rebecca is passionate about teaching and music education and is currently a peripatetic teacher at Chinthurst School and the Reigate Grammar School Saturday Music College. She has experience of teaching pupils of all ages, including her own three boys when they were younger.
Also a string player, Rebecca teaches the violin and plays the viola. She has been a member of many orchestras and string quartets over the years. As a personal challenge, Rebecca’s latest hobby has been learning new musical instruments. She began first with the cello in 2018 and during the past summer has taken up the clarinet. This is a constant reminder to her of the challenges of starting to play any instrument.
Having performed in many music festivals herself over the years, Rebecca is excited to adjudicate at this year’s Festival.