Rachel is passionate about the role of creativity in creating a vibrant and successful life
Hi, I’m Rachel. I’m a musician and a creative coach. I’m passionate about the role of creativity in creating a vibrant and successful life.
I was a musician well before I became a creativity coach. I studied music in the USA and have performed with classical orchestras on the stage of Carnegie Hall, NYC; the Symphony Hall, Osaka; the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington; and The Sydney Opera House.
As a soloist, I have performed Led Zeppelin covers on electric violin for CCEntertainment shows, in theatres across all major Australian cities. I have also played alongside many international artists including Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Kiri Te Kanawa and the British band UNKLE. I am part of orchestral soundtracks for movies such as ‘Happy Feet 2’, ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Gods of Egypt’.
I grew up in a musical family. My parents were both musical and I had six siblings. Each of us played the piano and one other orchestral instrument; we had our own family orchestra! On Sunday afternoons my grandparents would visit and we would be expected to play for them. Before dinner, we sometimes sang grace in three-part harmony. Music was regarded as an integral part of our education. That was a very unique point of view at the time, in Christchurch, New Zealand during the 1960s.
Today creativity has become more mainstream.
Music and creativity in the 21st Century is due to undergo a renaissance in this new era of technology and AI. Research shows that 65% of children today will end up in jobs that don’t even exist yet!
What kind of thinking skills might we want our kids to be developing for the future? I believe children will benefit from being encouraged to hone any creative skills they display from a very young age. All of us can nurture our creativity! In the future we may be all making stuff again. Roles that can be handled by robots will be upended so that professions such as lawyers and bankers will be switching to those that require human face-to-face skills. We all need to become more creative in the 21st Century.
“Rachel Thompson is an outstanding world-class performer with tangible stories and methodologies to help anyone at all out-perform themselves to become the greatest versions of themselves. I highly recommend Rachel as a performer and also a speaker at your next event.”