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Rachel Drury

RCS / Staff (Music Psychology / Education)

Dr Rachel Drury is a researcher and creative artist working in the field of music psychology and education. She is a lecturer on the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching programmes and undergraduate programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and also holds the post of Musician in Residence at Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross. She has devised and delivered a number of creative projects for national arts organisations including Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, Chamber Music Scotland and Starcatchers. Rachel is also the co-creator and composer of BabyO and creator and composer of SensoryO, two groundbreaking operas for infants aged between 6 and 36 months, for which she has received international acclaim. Both operas have toured internationally and at major festivals and venues throughout the UK, including the Royal Opera House, London. 

Rachel’s current creative and research work focuses on Coorie Doon, a songwriting project with Chamber Music Scotland for parents of children with life-limiting conditions (CHAS 2017/18) and infants in Neonatal intensive care (2019/20). Rachel’s current research interests include songwriting in therapeutic settings; music in prisons; teacher vs performer identities, and mental health in the arts.