Eleanor Rastall / Tutor
Eleanor joined Music in Offices as a singing and piano teacher in September 2015. She studied singing at Trinity College of Music (MMus, Distinction), where she held Leverhulme, TCL and Trinity Laban Trust Scholarships. She has over 10yrs teaching experience and thoroughly enjoys providing a safe creative space for her pupils. She also works as teacher and workshop leader for Greenwich Music School and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Eleanor’s singing is diverse and takes her around the country. Recent performances include interactive opera at Crazy Coqs, Soho, live music for the Valentine’s Tea Dance at the Musical Museum, Kew, and Handel’s Messiah in Leeds.
Where did you study music?
I have always sung in choirs and has piano lesson from an early age. I eventually started having singing lessons and continued these through my science degree. I gradually worked my way through summer singing courses in Italy, Birkbeck College Opera courses and finally to an MMus at Trinity College of Music.
What is your favourite piece of music/song?
It totally depends on the day, but my constant favourite to sing, and which I keep coming back to, is Schumann’s glorious song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben.
What single thing could you not live without?
Silence! A very necessary contrast to my work and general London life.
Who has inspired you the most?
So many people, I don’t know where to start. I’m particularly grateful to my parents for always being very supportive of my choices and encouraging me to do what I want/what interests me.
Where did you grow up?
Leeds, West Yorkshire. I was lucky enough to be taught piano by Réne Waterman and to be a chorister in Leeds Cathedral.
For MIO Eleanor conducts both the AETN and the Standard Chartered Choir.