Rachel Leach was born in Sheffield. Whilst studying with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she completed pieces for the BBC Singers, London Contemporary Dance School, London Sinfonietta and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Erratic Static her second string quartet won the Dorothy Adams String Quartet Prize, and a setting of Sylvia Plath's Edge won the first Tracey Chadwell memorial prize.

Rachel also studied with Robert Saxton and Jane Manning at Opera Lab, and with Louis Andreissen at Dartington. Recent commissions include Tantivy for LSO and You can only dream, a children's opera for English Touring Opera & Royal Opera House. Rachel's music has been recorded by NMC and published by Faber.

Rachel is heavily involved in education. She has worked within the education departments of most of the UK's orchestras and opera companies including the London Sinfonietta, LPO, OAE, Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, and after completing a year as the Edward Heath Assistant Animateur at the London Symphony Orchestra, she continues to be a central part of their education team. Rachel has written well over twenty pieces for LSO Discovery and fifteen community operas, including five for ETO. Her large-scale community opera 'One Day, Two Dawns' writen for ETO, won the RPS Award for Best Education Project 2009.

Alongside this, Rachel is increasingly in demand as a concert presenter. She is the presenter of the LSO St Lukes lunchtime concert series and regularly presents children's concerts and pre-concert events for LSO, BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall.

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Benjamin Harte