Early Studies

Rebecca Baulch began playing the guitar before she can remember, initially taught by her parents, both guitarists. After winning first prize in a number of local music festivals, she was taken on as a student of John Mills, who was a great source of inspiration through her teenage years. Rebecca enjoyed playing concerts with John and his wife Cobie during this time. 

Rebecca was then offered a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music, where she was was a student of Colin Downs. She was subsequently chosen to represent the school, playing at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Kodaly Institute in Hungary.

After leaving the Purcell School Rebecca won first prize in the Admira Young Musician of the Year competition at Bath International Guitar Festival and continued her studies with Colin Downs at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1999 she was offered a Foundation scholarship to study with Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music.

Rebecca attended the Bath Guitar Festival and the West Dean International Guitar Fesival, where she played in masterclasses with David Russell, Alirio Diaz, Luis Zea and Carlos Bonell.

Masterclass with David Russell

Performing Career

Rebecca’s career has taken her all over the world, performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Blackheath Concert Halls, St George’s Bristol, the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain at West Dean College, The International Guitar Festival at Bath and many other guitar and music festivals and societies. She has given concerts in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Peru, Italy, France, and Hungary.

Rebecca toured far and wide with the much loved Appassionata Guitar Trio with Amanda Cook and Hayley Savage and made many recordings of new music and new transcriptions for three guitars. Appassionata’s recordings include Let Go (BGS 111) and Watersmeet (Cadenza CACD 0603). Appassionata were honoured to work with composers such as Paulo Bellinati, who wrote Maracatu de Pipa for them in 2004 and the late Bruce MacCombie who became a dear friend and supporter of the trio. 

Rebecca has given many concerts with David Black as the Abach Duo, and in 2006 the duo released a CD named after and including Stephen Goss’ extraordinary eclectic collection miniature masterpieces The Raw and the Cooked. The CD also features beautiful arrangements by David of Wild Mountain Thyme and Farewell to Strommness, some Spanish favourites by De Falla and the recording premiere of Dodecaphonica by Hayley Savage.

More recently Rebecca has formed collaborations with Helen Manente, flute, and Julia White, Oboe, and has given a number of duo concerts with these wonderful players. More concerts and recordings are in the pipeline with these ensembles.

As a soloist Rebecca has released a CD of works by English composers ranging from the extraordinary chromatic fantasies of John Dowland, the virtuosic Five Bagatelles by William Walton, and Songs of Erin commissioned by Rebecca from the inimitable Gary Ryan. Rebecca has given solo performances at the International festivals of West Dean and Bath, at venues including Buckingham Palace and on television and radio. 

Concert in Cardiff with Appassionata