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Eleanor joined the instrumental teaching staff at Chetham’s in May 2013, having been Principal Harpist at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994. Prior to this appointment Eleanor studied herself at Chetham’s, going on to the RNCM gaining a degree in music, then attaining an RCM in Harp Performance with distinction.
On leaving her studies she went on to work as a freelance harpist with most orchestras in Britain including the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony and the Hallé Orchestras. Eleanor also worked in diverse settings such as the Creative Jazz Orchestra and has worked with musicians from Gustavo Dudamel to Charles Groves, Elvis Costello and Tony Bennett to Simon Rattle. She also performed and acted in Productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Whilst a full time member at the RLPO Eleanor performed numerous concertos, recorded CDs and toured extensively with the orchestra. She also became very involved in the orchestras music education programme and in 2011 re trained gaining a degree with distinction in teaching and learning, as well as a PGCert in music education, both at MMU. Having gained these qualifications Eleanor recently left the RLPO to concentrate on teaching and music education, not only at Chetham’s but in diverse settings such at Ashworth Hospital, SEN settings and local schools delivering music projects. Eleanor is a dedicated and innovative teacher, embracing diverse learning styles and inclusion. She is also a safeguarding governor at her local primary school where she teaches piano and music to KS2 students.