Eleanor is widely recognised for her teaching of all levels.
In 2018 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Piano at Leeds Conservatoire. Since 2002 she has taught piano and chamber music at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, becoming Keyboard Coordinator in 2020 and combines this with work as a Tutor in Piano at Royal Holloway, University of London, a post she has held from 2006. Her students have won prizes in national festivals and competitions including the 2020 BBC Young Musician of the Year, as well as scholarships to the major conservatoires in the UK. Previously she has held piano teaching posts at many schools, including Uppingham School, Warwick School, Lady Eleanor Holles, Christs’ Hospital, and Roedean.
Eleanor sits on panels as an external examiner at Leeds Conservatoire and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since 2005 she has been a grade examiner for the ABRSM in the UK and abroad, and is a trainer and mentor for new examiners. She is regularly invited to adjudicate festivals and competitions at some of the country’s leading public schools including Eton, James Alleyns Girls School and Kings College Wimbledon.
Her work has included leading multi-piano projects and specialising with advanced students. A particular interest is developing piano duet and piano ensemble playing. For 15 years she coached the Primary Academy piano duos at RAM and she regularly leads collaborative projects within the Junior Department to broaden the scope and experience of the students. Her duo with pianist Jakob Fichert gives regular piano duet workshops and classes in schools and higher education institutions. Eleanor’s interest in the psychology of performing led to her graduating with an MA in Psychology for Musicians from the University of Sheffield in 2013. Her dissertation, ‘Can Improvisation Alleviate Performance Anxiety?’, was awarded a distinction and formed the basis of a chapter in New Thoughts on Piano Performance published by the London International Piano Symposium.
She has extensive experience of accompanying instrumentalists and singers having worked on a freelance basis at the RAM and RCM and more recently at the Universities of Hull and Sheffield. She is currently an associate accompanist at the University of Nottingham.