Piano Accompaniment Fellow at Royal College of Music and London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future First Member
Eleanor currently works as one of three Piano Accompaniment Fellows at the Royal College of Music, accompanying students for their concerts, competitions and exams. Alongside this part-time position Eleanor is also a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, where she will be working and performing with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the September-July concert season; the programme will culminate in a performance at one of London’s major venues in the summer. Eleanor will be combining these regular commitments with other professional engagements. Upcoming highlights include concerts at St James, Piccadilly, and at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room with one of her regular duo partners, the violinist Emma Purslow. Together, Emma and Eleanor are known as the ‘Dovedale Duo’ due to their shared roots in the Peak District. They have recently performed at Cividale del Fruili’s Music Festival in Italy and as New Generation Artists at Stift Music Festival in Holland. Eleanor began her piano and violin studies at the age of five. At nine years old Eleanor accepted a place to study at Chetham’s School of Music and five years later she also began organ studies. Whilst at Chetham’s, Eleanor won the school’s Beethoven, Yamaha and Concerto Competitions. In her final year, she performed Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the school’s Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist at Leeds International Music Festival. In that year she was also the recipient of the school’s Dennis Midwood Prize for Piano and an EMI Sound Foundation Award. Eleanor went on to study Academic Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, also working as an Organ Scholar in the college chapel. At the end of her first year, Eleanor won the Donald Wort Prize for academia from the Faculty of Music and became a Senior Scholar of Trinity College. In addition to her academic work, Eleanor was a pianist on a number of schemes including the Pembroke Lieder Scheme (for singer-pianist duos), the Instrumental Award Scheme (for chamber music) and the Royal Academy of Music-University of Cambridge Collaboration Scheme (which provided Eleanor with piano lessons at the Academy). As an Organ Scholar, Eleanor played for (and occasionally directed) three choral evensongs per week. She accompanied Trinity College Choir on tours to Germany, Canada, Switzerland and America, and for three recordings released by Hyperion; discs of music by Kenneth Leighton, Eriks Ešenvalds and Herbert Howells. The latter was awarded Recording of the Year by the Australian classical-music magazine, ‘Limelight’, and all discs were nominated for Gramophone Awards. Eleanor left Cambridge with a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree and having been the first female Organ Scholar of Trinity College, she was awarded the Forbes-Dunlop Grant by the Women’s Careers Foundation. This enabled her to accept a Junior Fellowship in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. Eleanor then worked in Manchester for one year as a Staff Accompanist at Chetham’s School of Music before returning to London to take up her current positions.
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