Rachael Johnson was born in Boston, USA. She began her musical training as a chorister in the Hildegard Choir, Oxford. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Leeds she studied for a Masters in Music at the University of York, specialising in Baroque performance practice, where she began singing professionally, including for York Minster.
She currently works as a freelance singer and enjoys a variety of work which takes her as far afield as China, Libya, Mexico and Russia. She sings regularly for Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music, Charivari Agréable and the BBC Daily Service Singers. Rachael also works as a deputy for other choirs including the BBC Singers, the Tower of London Choir, St Bride’s, Fleet Street and Royal Hospital Chelsea and organises her own octet, Blackbird.
Rachael works as a soloist for a number of choirs and choral societies and has given recitals ranging from Early Music with period instruments to commissioned new works with piano trio. Recent performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Charivari Agréable, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Hull Bach Choir and Jonathan Bridcut’s Sonnet for Soprano and Orchestra and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with Oxford Spezzati. She has also recorded theme music for productions aired on Channel 4, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. Opera experience includes Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte and Venus in Arne’s The Judgement of Paris performed in the Beverley Early Music Festival.
Rachael is currently studying with Judith Sheridan and lives in Sunningdale with her husband, Steve.