Music Director

Music director of Oakley Singers, Rachel Musgrove, celebrates with fellow choir members from Harlequin Chamber Choir at the 2016 Choir Of The Year first round heat in Portsmouth.
Music director of Horsham Harmony, Rachel Musgrove celebrates with fellow choir members from Harlequin Chamber Choir at the 2016 Choir Of The Year first round heat in Portsmouth.

Rachel Musgrove, MMus, began her formal vocal training at the age of 18 with RCM vocal coach Ann Lampard. She left her to go and train with the legendary contralto Jean Allister whilst at the University of Leeds studying Music.

Your leadership Rachel was the magic ingredient that pulled us all together. The concert was one of the best experiences of my life and it wouldn’t have happened without you. I am looking forward to more of your discipline laced with humour in September. (Mig Cutbush)

After university she began her working life as an editor on niche arts magazines. She rose to the lofty heights of Deputy Editor of Opera Now before running away to have children.

After a prolonged career break to home-educate her eldest daughter, she gained her masters degree in Music in 2010 from the University of Surrey, focusing on composition, performance and a study of operas by Krsysztof Penderecki and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Fascinated by the continuing changes and challenges of the singing voice, she reembarked on singing lessons, this time with Jenevora Williams, Jenny Hansell and Gillian Ramsden. That same year Gillian Ramsden asked if she would take over as Music Director of Elmbridge Retirement Village choir. It was a new venture for her and and gave her an opportunity to build on her music directing skills in a fun environment.

In 2013 she launched Harlequin Chamber Choir—a small, competitive ensemble for confident singers, based in Guildford, Surrey.

She started Horsham Harmony in April 2016 and since then has been invited to direct the Wintershall Choir, which is associated with the open-air nationally-acclaimed Nativity and Passion plays that take place regularly on the Wintershall estate and in Trafalgar Square.

Rachel lives in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, bass trombonist David Musgrove, and their two daughters, Lottie, who has just flown the nest to study History at the University of Bristol, and Esther, a chorister at Guildford Cathedral.