Rachel hits all the right notes with royal na­tional or­ches­tra

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A LOCHABER High School pupil has won a place in the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Or­ches­tra (RSNO) and be­come one of the group’s young am­bas­sadors.

Fifth-year stu­dent Rachel Simmonds started play­ing the bas­soon about four years ago and in­stantly loved the sound of it.

Rachel said: ‘As soon as I could make co­her­ent notes, I knew the bas­soon was the in­stru­ment for me. Over the years my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of clas­si­cal mu­sic has mag­ni­fied with my in­volve­ment in mu­sic groups in­clud­ing Lochaber Mu­sic School, our school’s Se­nior Wind Band and Big Band, The High­land Youth Re­gional Or­ches­tra and The High­land Schools’ Wind Band.’

Rachel con­tin­ued: ‘I de­cided to be­come a young am­bas­sador for the RSNO be­cause I wanted to learn more about what hap­pens be­hind the scenes of clas­si­cal mu­sic. I’ve re­ally en­joyed it so far as it has al­lowed me to meet peo­ple around my own age who share the pas­sion and de­vo­tion I have to­wards my in­stru­ment and mu­sic, clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary.

‘My job as a young am­bas­sador is to en­gage and spread aware­ness to young peo­ple of the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mu­sic scene and of the work.’ For de­tails visit www.rsno.org.uk

Rachel has re­cently joined the RSNO as a young am­bas­sador.

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