Rachel Nicholas is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter from Merseyside, creating a varied output of work which straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical music, art pop and lo-fi sound art. Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012 with a degree in composition, particular highlights have included releasing a debut album of original songs, producing and performing interactive site-specific performance/sound art, collaborating with Immix ensemble, curating concerts championing new music by local emerging and established composers, and most recently, releasing a new single. Rachel creates music with an introspective and bittersweet sensibility, common threads in her work being inspiration from and incorporation of found sounds, and the use of her voice. Rachel is currently approaching the end of her studies to become a music therapist, an experience which has allowed her to explore new avenues in collaborative music making and helped foster an improvisational attitude she hopes to carry through to her own compositional thinking.
“I am delighted to be offered this unique opportunity to not only connect with other female creators from my local region, but also to utilise the rich soundscape of Liverpool to collectively create and perform something new. Being led by the innovative and inspiring team of Gwenno and Rhys Edwards will give me the confidence and resources to push the boundaries I feel I have the ambition to do. This residency is a chance to cultivate my artistic practice, and I particularly hope to be able to enhance my knowledge of the more technological side of working with found sounds in a live performance context.”