Rachael Philip is a Manchester-based artist and composer specialising in scoring for screen.
With an intuitive and experimental approach to music, she is particularly interested in amalgamating ambient, electronic and classical elements and utilising live instrumental and field recordings, sound design and electro-acoustic techniques to weave dream-like sonic landscapes and shimmering textures in her pieces. As part of this process, she often self-records and experiments with different instruments.
Her debut LP Wax Ephemeral was released in 2021 which was dubbed 'absorbing and immersive' by Pink Wafer Magazine and described as a 'potent hit of catharsis'.
Having contributed to over 50 projects, Rachael has written for numerous award-winning and award-nominated films and commercials, which have screened at Cannes, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, British Arrows, Neum, and Green Screen and COP26, with broadcast work featuring on BBC Sounds and Channel 4.
Rachael's film credits include Prangover by Celine Buckens (Showtrial, The ExWife, War Horse) and Strange Days by Alice Seabright (Sex Education, Chloe). Her commercial credits include writing for Hermes Paris fashion brand and Edwards Lifesciences, in addition to charities and trusts including St Martin-In-The-Fields, Roundhouse and Winston's Wish. Recently, she has also worked as part of the music department for Segun Akinola on Doctor Who: Series 13, Simon Verhoeven's Milli Vanilli biopic Girl You Know It's True and Mammoth Screens’ Agatha Christie adaption Murder Is Easy for BBC and Britbox, in addition to a number of high-profile projects due for release in 2024/25. Her work also extends to music editing, having worked in this capacity on a 4-part documentary series due for release in 2024.
With a diverse musical background and an interest in a range of styles, Rachael is both classically trained and self-taught, having started playing cello aged 7 and gone on to learn electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano and clarinet. 2022/23 also saw her playing keys for local big band DGKollective in performances at venues around the country including iconic Matt & Phreds jazz club in Manchester.
Rachael is a graduate of the National Film and Television School and Liverpool University, with awarded scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust and BBC. She was also selected to be part of BFI Network x BAFTA Crew 2021.
Inspired by a passion for science, nature and the outdoors, Rachael is also an avid hillwalker, having completed mountain leader training and climbed over 100 peaks in the UK and Ireland so far.