Rachael Gladwin is a contemporary harpist based in the North West. She is also a vocalist, percussionist, songwriter and composer. Rachael specialises in music for street theatre, large scale performance projects, creative session playing and performing nationwide with various bands.
Rachael has played at a huge variety of venues, from the beautiful Albert Hall in London and Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool to festivals such as Green Man, The Big Chill and Glastonbury.
Recent outdoor projects include playing for the Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony in Liverpool for an audience of 60,000, devising music for a large pyrotechnics show at the Stourbridge Festival of Glass and performing in the middle of a field full of raining fireworks, and performing and improvising in a moving cherry picker 40 feet in the air for audiences of more than 100,000 with the spectacular La Machine spider show both in Liverpool in 2008 and Japan in 2009.
With the Matthew Halsall Sextet, Rachael holds a monthly residency at Manchester’s Matt and Phred’s jazz club and has recorded live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music at Maida Vale Studios.
Rachael’s own music with her band Rachael and the Red Socks, has been described by Paul McCartney as having ‘beautiful melodies, lovely folky vibe… great feel’.
Rachael trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Music, still resides in Liverpool and is available for any type of music, arts, performance, session or function work anywhere in the country and beyond.