Musical Director

Rachel Mathieson graduated with a first class BMus in 2007 and a PhD in Music in 2016 from the University of Hull. She also has a BA in Modern Languages and a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford.

Between 2007 and 2018, Rachel taught music privately and in schools in Hull and the East Riding. She is now living back in Barnsley, where she was born and grew up, and is working in impact evaluation for an education charity.

A pianist, singer and conductor, Rachel has performed with many groups and societies in Hull, the East Riding, and South and West Yorkshire. She has worked with Opera North’s outreach programmes, and has accompanied Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra. With the Hessle Sinfonia, she has been piano soloist in Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor. She has also been a guest conductor of a number of choirs and orchestras, and currently accompanies the Cawthorne Choral Society. When time permits, she enjoys playing cello with the Hessle Sinfonia.

Rachel can be contacted by emailing