Eleanor is widely recognised for her teaching at all levels.
In 2018 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Piano at Leeds Conservatoire, becoming a Principal Lecturer in 2022. For over 20 years, she has taught piano and chamber music at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, becoming Keyboard Coordinator in 2020.
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; many have gone on to careers in music. From 2006 to 2021 she was a Tutor in Piano at Royal Holloway, University of London and has previously has held piano teaching posts at Uppingham School, Warwick School, the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Christs’ Hospital, and Roedean.
Eleanor sits on panels as an external examiner at the Royal College of Music 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 to broaden the scope of the students. Her duo with pianist Jakob Fichert gives 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.
As a reviewer she regularly contributes to the Artis Fontes Musicae publication.