Eleanor Guénault

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: French Horn

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Eleanor was born and raised in rural Norfolk, attending local primary and secondary schools, and began playing the horn at the age of 11. She studied with Derek Oldfield until the age of 18 and then accepted a scholarship for undergraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She graduated with first class honours in 2015 and resumed her studies at the RNCM in 2018 for a Masters degree in musical performance.
Eleanor is currently studying with Lindsey Stoker, Julian Plummer and Alec Frank-Gemmill and studying the natural horn with Beccy Goldberg. During her first year of Masters study she has performed in masterclasses with Laurence Rogers, Johannes Hinterholzer, Alberto Menéndez and Jasper De Vaal. A highlight of her postgraduate studies so far has been the successful completion of a Professional Experience Scheme with the Hallé Orchestra, which led to a performance at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Other achievements this year include performances on principal horn with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. As a result of her studies, Eleanor successfully auditioned for the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and took part in an intensive solo and chamber course in April 2019 with Julie Landsmann.
Alongside her studies, Eleanor continues to be active in a variety of performance and education work. She has performed in concerts and recordings with several professional orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata and the Manchester Concert Orchestra. In 2018, Eleanor took part in a three week residency with the New Generation Festival Orchestra in Florence where she worked with musicians and actors from around the world. Eleanor is also a passionate educator and regularly tutors the Wigan Youth Orchestra and the Wigan Schools Orchestra as well as teaching young horn players from beginner level to Grade 8. She is a member of the Music Alive brass quintet which delivers workshops across the borough to encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians.
Eleanor is delighted to be able to complete her studies with the kind support of Help Musicians UK.