Rachael Forsyth is a saxophonist and woodwind player who teaches, composes, arranges and also works as an accompianist in Somerset.
Her saxophone playing started when she was 13 years old prior playing the piano, an instrument she later returned to during her late teens. After graduating from Middlesex University in the summer of 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Music, she began working as an active musician and music teacher.
Rachael’s repertoire ranges greatly as she has experience playing in all types of ensemble; ska bands, soul bands, big bands, orchestras and saxophone quartets to name but a few. Despite being classically trained Rachael has a deep love for jazz and pop music. She is an experienced session musician as well as working regularly in orchestral pits for shows.
In 2012 Rachael was asked to perform her latest solo saxophone composition on a tour around schools in Italy. She has seen more of her compositions performed over the last two years and is set to have more performed and published later this year.
As a passionate teacher Rachael loves to write music she knows her students will enjoy to play. She has been running her own publishing company for the last four years and publishes her own books that can be found in numerous music shops. For further information on her compositions go to www.roorecordsmusic.co.uk
As a classically trained student Rachael is an excellent sight reader, but she is excellent at improvising too. She says her influences include the great ‘Tower of Power’ and other classic soul and funk bands as well as other saxophonists like the great Gerry Mulligan, Lock Jaw Davis and, of course, Charlie Parker.