Rachel Gledhill was Born in Sheffield, she began playing percussion in the school brass band atHolmfirth at the age of eleven. From there she moved to Bedford and became interested in orchestral music. She studied at the Royal College of Music and was twice a finalist in the Shell/LSO Percussion Scholarship. She began her professional life as a freelance percussionist, playing a variety of styles of music including ballet, dance, West End shows, opera chamber and symphonic music, and even pop and salsa. She joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 as No. 3 percussionist and became Principal in 1994. Her interests include gardening, sailing and keeping chickens.
The Capriccio is a loosely structured composition with an improvisatory style, that gives the performer a free approach to the music. All small details give influences to the general impression. Important are the frequent tempo changes connected with dynamics.