Rachel Whibley is a professional bassoonist, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, and has worked extensively with many of the top UK orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. In addition, she has worked for several international orchestras including Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Bolshoi Ballet.
She spent 4 happy years in Dublin working with the RTE Symphony and Concert orchestras, and in Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra. It was during this period that she first encountered The Snowman score played along to the film; it proved to be a moving experience, fuelling her desire to develop and extend the experience to others.
Rachel has had the privilege of working on education projects with many orchestras, relishing the opportunity to introduce music-making and composition into the lives of many children.
After staging 5 sell-out performances of The Snowman in her home town of Glossop in 2013, Rachel set up Carrot Productions. Last year’s tour encompassed 15 different venues, 33 performances and a combined audience of over 20,000 children and families, all to great acclaim. Incredibly, the performances of The Snowman given by Carrot Productions in 2015 amounted to almost a third of all the performances given in the world!
Rachel relishes a challenge, and has many ideas for Carrot Productions in 2017 and beyond.