Rachel is a Research Fellow on the three-year AHRC-funded research project, ‘Accenting the Classics: Durand’s Édition classique (c.1915–25) as a French Prism on the Musical Past’. She pursued doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, with a thesis on music and propaganda in Paris during the First World War. She held the post of Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at New College, Oxford, before becoming a Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Worcester College, Oxford. From 2014–2017, Rachel held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Music at the University of Oxford. Her Leverhulme research examined the role of music in shaping concepts of ‘Allied’ identity during the First World War, focusing on a range of instances of musical exchange between Paris and London, from the cross-channel enterprises of touring theatrical troupes, to mass ‘Allied’ concerts, or street music performed by French and British soldier-musicians on leave.
Rachel has broad research interests in French music and culture of the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on music during the First World War. She has written widely on musical life during WWI, including her first monograph on the subject, Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 1914–1918. Rachel has spoken widely on music during the WWI, notably for the National Trust and at a pre-concert talk at Conway Hall, London. She has participated in radio broadcasts including Radio 4’s ‘1914–1918: The Cultural Front’, and Radio 2’s ‘Great War Ballads and La Belle Époque’, and in 2014 she worked in collaboration with the British Library to co-organise an international three-day conference, ‘The Music of War: 1914–1918’ (www.themusicofwar.org).
Rachel is a member of Oxford University’s ‘Globalising and Localising the Great War’ research group. She is also a network associate of the ‘Francophone Music Criticism, 1789–1914’.
Alongside her research interests, Rachel is a keen trumpeter.