Eleanor Rastall, MMus, studied at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she held Leverhulme, TCL and Trinity Laban Trust Scholarships. Choir leader highlights include forming and leading the choir of St Anne’s College, Oxford; arranging, rehearsing and conducting carols with the JWT office choir, formed specially to provide music for the Christmas entertainment; and 8 years working with the Chapel and Chamber Choirs of St Edmunds School, Hindhead, whose achievements include performing in the finals of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition, singing Mass in St Peter’s Rome and St Marks Venice, and singing for the Pope in Frascati Cathedral. In addition, Eleanor has just started work as a choir leader for Westminster Cathedral Outreach.
Eleanor also works as a professional singer, teacher and workshop leader in London and around the UK. Forthcoming workshops include sessions for The Actors Guild and The Musical Museum, London, and Leeds Voice Day, Yorkshire.
What was the first piece you conducted? ‘Hail Holy Queen’ from Sister Act in my School Music Competition when I was 18.
What is your favourite piece of music? (choral or non choral) So many pieces that I love. Anything by Purcell or any Handel pieces with brass will always make me smile. I Was Glad by Parry is a long term favourite as it always electric, whether you are singing or listening.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? So many people have influenced me, it I have been very lucky in my sensible and ever supportive family.
Where did you grow up? I’m a northern lass, from Leeds, West Yorkshire.
What single item could you not live without? Friends, chocolate or sleep, depending on the day.