Rachel Dent began studying the harp with Dorothy Gilbertson of Harrogate before accepting a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1997, studying with Eira Lynn Jones. She graduated with an honours degree in June 2001. In 1999 she received the Dearden Award for Achievement and the United Kingdom Harp Association Award.
As a soloist, Rachel has performed at St Ann ‘s Church, Manchester , St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Flixton House, Hull University , Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, and she has played Handel’s Harp Concerto with Sale Chamber Orchestra. She has also provided music for a scene in Granada Television’s production of “A & E” and for BBC “Songs of Praise”.
Rachel has given recitals as part of an organ and harp duo, performing in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Summer Recital Series 2001, the Bridgewater Hall as part of the Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year 2000 and other churches in Manchester.
Her freelance orchestral career includes working with the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia ViVa. As a member of Chiron Duo (flute and harp), Rachel has performed in Manchester Town Hall, the East Riding of Yorkshire Recital Series, and for music in Granada Television’s “My Favourite Hymns” programme