Rachel Tolmie, the oboe player on the new recording From Hidden Valleys, will perform with the Tallowdale Chamber Orchestra for the upcoming Album Launch.
Rachel started playing the oboe at ten years of age and the cor anglais at twelve.
In primary school she played in the Sydney North Youth Orchestra and on entering the Conservatorium High School Sydney, she played in the Conservatorium High School Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. During her under-graduate years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and for many years afterwards, Rachel was the Principal Oboist of the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra.
On successful completion of her Fellowship in Music Diploma for Oboe Performance, (the highest award of the Australian Music Examinations Board), Rachel travelled to England and completed with Distinction, a Post-Graduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London, specializing in Solo and Chamber Music Performance.
On her return to Sydney, Rachel started recording her first CD with the brilliant pianist John Martin. John and Rachel continue to perform regularly together and have released four CD’s.
In 2006, Rachel wrote a book titled An Introduction to the Cor anglais and Oboe which is published by Wirripang Publications.
In 2008, Rachel recorded a solo album, “Mozart in Love” with the Bourbaki Ensemble, conducted by David Angell.
In 2011 Rachel’s solo CD called “Bushfire” with the Concertante Ensemble conducted by Chris Bearman OAM, was released. And in 2013 Rachel’s solo CD “On the Sorrow of War” with the Unley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Webb OAM, was released.
Rachel has appeared as soloist with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Concertante Ensemble, Con Spirito, Bourbaki Ensemble, Unley Symphony Orchestra and Balmain Sinfonia.
In December 2011 Rachel graduated with a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Sydney University.
Rachel has a great deal of orchestral experience. Her experience includes the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the RAAF Band, the NSW Police Band, East-West Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Orchestra, Sydney Concert Orchestra, Symphony Central Coast, Willoughby Symphony, Bourbaki Ensemble and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra. Recently Rachel has been the contract player for Wicked the Musical and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the Musical at the Capitol Theatre Sydney.