Rachael Moat

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Rachael Moat began clarinet lessons at the age of twelve. Aged fourteen, she entered Chetham’s School of Music where she studied with Jim Muirhead. In 2002, Rachael gained a major entrance award to study on the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester, where she studied with Lynsey Marsh and John Bradbury. She graduated with first class honours from the University of Manchester, and at the same time was awarded a GRNCM of the highest class, Upper Division, from the RNCM.

Whilst at the RNCM, Rachael was a regular performer with electroacoustic ensemble Kairos, combining improvised clarinet and modules developed in Max/MSP.

Rachael Moat



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Rachael is principal clarinet with Lancashire Chamber Orchestra and Musica Nova, with whom she has featured as soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante. She is a regular performer with many other ensembles across the North West, including Victorian Opera Northwest and The Ebonites Clarinet Choir. Aquilon, Rachael’s clarinet and piano duo in collaboration with Angela Lloyd-Mostyn, has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Pick of the Week.


With over 8 years experience from teaching over 80 students and successfully guiding them through their exams, I offer clarinet tuition for students of all abilities – beginners to diploma level.

  • Age range: from 8 year olds to adult.
  • Opportunity to take ABRSM or Trinity exams.
  • A friendly and lively approach to learning the clarinet

Alongside running a busy private practice, I also teach clarinet at Manchester High School for Girls.

Consultation lesson
Choosing a teacher is an important process, and often the best way to determine suitability is to have a trial lesson. This lesson lasts for 30 minutes and provides an opportunity to meet, discuss and determine a learning pathway for you or your child. Parents are welcome to sit in on the lesson if they wish. I am happy to give advice on hiring or purchasing an instrument and to answer any questions you may have. Contact me if you would like to book a lesson.

Every student is encouraged to participate in a variety of performances. Every year, all my students are invited to perform in our Christmas Concert, joint with pianist Angela Lloyd-Mostyn at Emmanuel Church, West Didsbury.

Younger students have the chance to join one of the many ensembles in the area, including Werneth Youth Band  and Stockport Youth Orchestra. I regularly enter students in a variety of local youth festivals, such as Heaton Mersey Youth Festival, Hazel Grove Music Festival and Alderley Edge Festival.

The annual Adult Learners’ Concert North West is a highlight for many of my adult learners and some students also enter the adult class at the Alderley Edge Festival each year. All adult students are welcome to join Mistral Clarinet Choir – no prior experience is required.


How do you make a bowl of spaghetti hoops play music?

At Seashell Trust, I have been investigating approaches for creating personalised interfaces for children with severe communication and learning difficulties. These devices aim to help encourage children to interact with the world around them, and complete essential everyday tasks such as eating food. I use low-cost technologies such as Arduino, MaKey MaKey and Touch Board, as well as music technology such as Max/MSP and Ableton Live.

Here are some slides from a talk I recently gave on this work and a brief video demonstration.
I’m honoured to have won a Tech4Good Award for this work.

Tech4Good Winner

You can read more about this work in this Guardian article or by watching the talk I gave at the Tech4Good 2016 Launch event.

I am currently taking part in the Arts+Tech scheme at MadLab to develop these prototypes further.



I am one of the run directors of Burnage parkrun, a free weekly 5km timed run which is open to everyone.

With the parkruns of Greater Manchester, we recently won the Manchester Evening News Environmental and Health Project Award.





I am also the founder and director of the Mistral Clarinet Choir, a community group of over 15 clarinettists of all abilities. Rehearsals are relaxed and fun, and the choir gives regular performances. Contact me if you’d like to join in!


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