Elinor was born in Aberdeen but finished her primary school education in Aberystwyth. Having just completed her degree in Scottish Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow she now regards herself as a hybrid of the two Celtic cultures, she is currently studying for a post graduate diploma in Composition and Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, thus returning to her welsh roots. Elinor began playing the harp at the age of 12, studying with Meinir Heulyn. On moving to Edinburgh she continued her studies with Isobel Mieras who inspired her love of the clarsach and traditional music and was her teacher throughout her time at the RCS.
Elinor has competed successfully in the Royal National Mod and Pan Celtic festivals and is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Elinor has performed for her Majesty the Queen at a garden party in Balmoral, has represented Scotland at the Gaelic exchange programme in Donegal and has played for the First Minister on several occasions. She has also entertained the Meerkats at Edinburgh zoo!
Having won the gold medal for composition at the Royal National Mod in 2011, Elinor went on to win the Clarsach Society Young Composer Award 2012 – the premier performance of her piece for two clarsachs was given at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in Aril 2013 to rapturous applause.
Elinor is driven by her determination that the clarsach be regarded as an instrument in its own right and is actively involved in developing a modern repertoire for it. In Oct 2014 she released her debut CD “Kaleidoscope” featuring her own compositions and published a book of original tunes for the clarsach. She released a series of books including duets for beginners and intermediate players and a second book of original compositions in April 2015.
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