Rachel Santesso

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Rachel Santesso
Occupation(s) conductor, choral arranger.
Instruments soprano
Associated acts Capital Children's Choir

Rachel Santesso is a British soprano, conductor and choral arranger.


She studied voice and organ at the Conservatorio Di Musica F.E. Dall'Abaco di Verona and oboe at the University of Victoria in Canada.[1] Santesso is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2001 she founded the Capital Children's Choir, which she also directs.[2] Several videos of the choir's covers of contemporary songs such as "Chances" and "Untrust Us" have received media attention and have gone viral.[3][4] Santesso has released several albums with the choir and in 2015 the choir performed on the soundtrack for the film Pan. As a soprano she released two albums, The Songs of Louis Vierne (2005) and The Sacred Heart of Nino Rota (2007).

Santesso taught briefly at a primary school in London, where she taught a young Lily Allen, who has credited Santesso as a mentor.[5][6]


Year Album Label Notes
2005 ’’The Songs of Louis Vierne’’ Deux-Elles Rachel Santesso, soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano; Hugh Webb, harp[7][8][9][10]
2007 ‘’The Sacred Heart of Nino Rota’’ Zitto Music Rachel Santesso, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto; Christopher Lemmings, tenor; Hugh Webb, harp
2008 ‘’Sweet Child of Mine’’ Kudos Records Capital Children's Choir, primary artist; Rachel Santesso, director; arranger
2009 ‘’Winter Magic’’ Decca Hayley Westenra, primary artist; Rachel Santesso, conductor[11]
2011 ‘’Rabbits on the Run’’ Razor & Tie Vanessa Carlton, primary artist; Rachel Santesso, choir director[11]
2015 ‘’Pan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’’ Warner Bros Rachel Santesso; choir master


  1. ^ "About The Choir". Capital Children's Choir. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  2. ^ Nadine Cheung (16 July 2011). "Lady Gaga Approves of Capital Children’s Choir’s Haunting ‘Judas’ Cover". Popcrush.com. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  3. ^ Melissa Locker (2015-10-19). "Capital Children’s Choir Covers The Strokes "Chances"". Time.com. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  4. ^ Nme.Com (2013-07-30). "London children's choir covers Crystal Castles' 'Untrust Us' – watch". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  5. ^ "VIDEO: Youth choir has online hit with Lily Allen song | News | London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  6. ^ "What were today's celebrities like as children? | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  7. ^ Metz, Donald E (2006). "VIERNE: Les Angelus; Extase!; Spleens et Detresses; Baudelaire Poems; 4 Greek Poemes". American Record Guide (subscription required). 69 (2): 191. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Fogel, Henry (2006). "Vierne: Songs". Fanfare. 29 (5): 218–219. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  9. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation Music Magazine, Volume 14, Issues 2-7. BBC Magazines. 2005. pp. 80–81. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  10. ^ International Record Review, Volume 6, Issue 1. International Record Review. 2005. pp. 380–381. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Rachel Santesso. "Rachel Santesso | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 

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