Rachel de Cock (DipGSM)
SINGING TEACHER @ Brighton Music Lessons
Rachel originally studied classical viola, piano and singing at the Purcell Music School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she obtained a diploma in Singing. She displays great versatility as a vocalist, composer, arranger, and producer in the fields of Classical, Rock, Pop and Dance Music. Working under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, and collaborating with artists that have included the BBC Singers, Rev Hammer, the Levellers, New Model Army, Eddi Reader, and Matthew Bellamy, Rachel's performances have taken her to France, Germany, South Africa, and throughout the UK. She has performed in the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre, De Montfort Hall, St Davids Hall in Cardiff, Soho Review Bar, and she also held a three-year residency (2004 - 2006) at Bartók, a classical music bar in Chalk Farm Road, Camden. In 2005 she premiered the vocal cantata, Stargazing, at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate, and her recording of the work was featured on BBC Radio London. Rachel has made various radio appearances and has also written music for independant films, including one which was premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in 2006. She has released her own original material on the EIAG record label, and her string arrangements, viola playing and backing vocals have been featured on releases by Attack Attack Records, Cooking Vinyl, and V2 Records.
An experienced teacher of both adults and children, Rachel has worked for the past eight years as a private singing teacher in Central London and Berkshire, teaching everyone from charting pop singers, to aspiring beginners. Rachel moved to Saltdean in 2013 with her husband, pianist and composer, Johan de Cock and their music loving Cat!
Rachel was my singing teacher from Jan 2010 until June 2011. She has a strong focus on technique, and combines that with exploring and leveraging your natural voice. Over time, she stretches your capabilities towards more complex songs and a wider reach. She sets ridiculously high standards, but pushes you in an informal and stimulating way. Overall, I have improved greatly and recommend her strongly. During the same time she taught my, now 16 year old daughter, who went on to pass her national singing exam with the highest distinction, although she never sang before.
Rachel is a patient, encouraging and intuitive teacher. She will take time to fully understand your goals and works with you to help you best achieve them. With her impressive singing background and experience, Rachel has a great technique and works hard to let you get the most out of singing.
I only had the chance to follow Rachel's lessons for a few months, as a complete beginner. Having a very busy professional life and little time to practice, I had limited expectations as to what progress I could actually achieve. However, Rachel was naturally able to taylor the lessons to my constraints and to my musical tastes. She's very focused on technique, but even more on musical feel and interpretation. As a result, it never felt like an academic learning process, and I gained more confidence and technique that I could have imagined at first.
I first started going to Rachel at London City Music in 2012, after being diagnosed with vocal nodules. Rachel not only helped cure me of the nodules through correcting my warm-ups and singing habits, but also helped me navigate London's competitive music scene and gain the skills and confidence to dive in. I couldn't recommend a more positive and knowledgeable voice teacher.
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