Participation in chamber music and ensembles was the main inspiration for Eleanor’s study of music. Since arriving in Birmingham, Eleanor’s passion for chamber music has grown and been a highlight of her studies.
Eleanor plays in and helped form a recorder, voice and Baroque flute ensemble, Flutter Duo, and the Swift Recorder Trio. Swift Recorder Trio have recently commissioned two new works for recorder trio by Maarten Benschop and Fang Fang and have enjoyed working closely with the Birmingham based composers. Performance highlights from these ensembles include the International Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival, ORDA (Open Recorder Days Amsterdam), and various venues across Birmingham, Worcester, Stratford and Oxfordshire.
You can hear a recording of Swift performing Maarten’s piece “Dichotomy” on the Media page.
As a soloist, Eleanor has enjoyed performing many genres of music and playing on various period instruments. The use of Renaissance and Medieval recorders, crumhorns, tabor pipes and the Baroque flute feature in Historical Performance events, and the paetzold recorder for contemporary music. Enthusiasm for Baroque flute has led to performing orchestral and smaller scale chamber music with Rococo Revival and the Rococo Ensemble.
Choral music has always played a big role in Eleanor’s life, and this has flourished during her time in Birmingham. She sings at Birmingham St. Philip’s Cathedral as a Choral Scholar and with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir.
For more pictures and audio, see the Media page of this website.