St Bride's: Music - Scordatura Collective<br />Rachel Watson – cello, Corinna Boylan – cello

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Scordatura Collective
Rachel Watson – cello, Corinna Boylan – cello

Tuesday, 22 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Scordatura Collective<br />Rachel Watson – cello, Corinna Boylan – celloScordatura Collective<br />Rachel Watson – cello, Corinna Boylan – cello

Antonia Bembo (arr. Watson)

Habbis pietà di me

Grazyna Bacewicz

Polish Caprice

Hilary Tann

Kilvert's Hills

Eleanor Alberga

Ride Through

Chen Yi

Happy Tune

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (arr. Watson)

Aria and Presto from Sonata no. 1 in D minor

Cellist Rachel Watson enjoys a busy and varied freelance career. A graduate of the University of Oxford and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Rachel has studied with cellists including Alice Neary, Rebecca Gilliver and Jonathan Manson. She performs as both a modern and baroque cellist, and has particular interest in historically informed performance and contemporary music.

In 2017, Rachel founded the Scordatura Collective, a flexible chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music composed by women. She has particularly enjoyed getting to know the music of baroque composers such as Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Barbara Strozzi, as well as a wide range of music by more recent composers. Last year Scordatura commissioned a major new work to mark the centenary of women's suffrage, generously supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust, Exuberant Trust and Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. They also reached the final of Nonclassical's 'Battle of the Bands' competition for new and experimental music, and were awarded a commendation.

As an orchestral player, Rachel recently toured China with the London Arte Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of Street Orchestra Live, an innovative orchestra taking music outside of the concert hall. She has performed at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John's Smith Square, and appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Alicante as part of the 2016 Perugia Music Festival.

Corinna Boylan completed her MA at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2017 studying under Josephine Knight. In 2015, she received a BA from Columbia University in New York City. At the age of ten, she was accepted to the Juilliard School's Pre-College division as one of Minhye Clara Kim's youngest students. She received highest honours upon her graduation in 2011. Corinna has performed internationally at festivals and concerts across the world. She has had the honour to play for pedagogues such as Andres Diaz, Colin Carr, Hans Jensen, Melissa Kraut, Clive Greensmith, Joel Krosnick, Anssi Karttunen, and Gustav Rivinius.

Corinna is the recipient of several awards and accolades, including every single musical prize awarded from Columbia University. During her time at Juilliard, Corinna received named scholarships annually, and attended Columbia on a full scholarship. Corinna has appeared on BBC3, Classic FM, and ARTE Classic. She can be heard on Berlin Classics, Chandos Classical, Signum Records, and Rubicon Classics. She was a member of Southbank Sinfonia with the sponsored Leverhulme seat for the 2018 season and she is currently a Leverhulme Fellow with Pro Corda.


Scordatura Collective is a flexible chamber ensemble dedicated to performing and promoting music composed by women. Formed in 2017, the ensemble has performed widely throughout the UK and recently reached the final of Nonclassical's 'Battle of the Bands' competition for contemporary and experimental music. Scordatura believes in supporting the next generation of composers, and recently commissioned a new work celebrating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Exuberant Trust.