© 2017 by Eleanor Dunsdon Harpist

Eleanor is a freelance harpist based in Berkshire, regularly playing for weddings and events, as well as teaching both privately and in schools around Berkshire and Oxford.

She was first introduced to the harp at the age of 9 when, inspired by a folk music workshop with musician and composer Luke Daniels, she began lessons on the Clarsach. With this she went on to perform with Luke and the Gael Music Academy at folk festivals up and down the country including Cambridge, Oxford, Towersey and Bath. Eleanor took the Clarsach to Grade 8 (with Distinction), and received an offer to study Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Wanting to broaden her styles of playing, however, Eleanor decided to take a different path, and went on to study pedal harp and Clarsach at the University of York, where she completed a BA (Hons) in Music.

 

Eleanor has had the privilege of studying harp with Sarah Goss, Steph West, Georgina Wells, Rachel Dent, Eira Lynn Jones and Charlotte Seale. She herself has been providing lessons in both pedal and lever harp since 2012, to all ages and abilities and taking many through ABRSM exams.

 

In the past, Eleanor has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Folk Musician winner Luke Daniels, Cara Dillon and recently with Aspect Opera Company in their production of Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Left Band Leeds Opera Festival. Eleanor’s performance experience also extends to orchestras and chamber ensembles both in York and around Berkshire, most recently joining the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra for their ‘play-throughs’. Performance venues include the Royal Albert Hall, York Minster, Donegal Castle, Eton College Chapel, London's Mall Galleries, the Bodleian Library, Highclere Castle and Spencer House London.

 

She performs regularly with Oxford-based folk quartet, Moonrakers (www.moonrakers.net), having just finished recording her second studio album with them in December 2019. In the summer she took to the main stages at Towersey Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week, and played for an evening at Folk at the Maltings in St Albans.

 

 

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