Eleanor Wright became interested in music from a young age and studied piano, violin and viola from the age of six. She was awarded a distinction at Grade 8 on the Viola aged 14 and was selected as a member of the National Children’s Orchestra when she was 12. She also achieved Grade 8 in Piano and developed a keen interest and talent in singing that was recognised through a successful audition with Durham County Youth Choir. She studied a BA (Hons) in Music and English at Sheffield University and during this time she gained an attachement with Opera North. After gaining her degree she gained a PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University and was subsequently appointed as a primary teacher at Wellgate Primary School in Barnsley.
In 2004 her outstanding teaching was recognised when she gained Advanced Skills Teacher Status, an honour bestowed on only the top 3% of teachers in the country. During her time at this school she developed large scale singing projects involving children from many areas and has received specialist training on the Kodaly technique. In addition to directing a number of musicals and writing numerous compositions for children at the school, Eleanor has also boldly written her own musical, Matilda, that was performed by the choir at Wellgate Primary School and arranged for a professional band.
During her career Eleanor has worked with numerous orchestras, string quartets and choirs, including the prominent Lindsay String Quartet. For the last 10 years she has led the viola section of the Hallam Sinfonia and performs regularly with the Southdene and Hallam String Quartets. Eleanor is currently working as an Advanced Skills Teacher at Worsborough Common Primary School. She is a highly motivated and talented teacher and a excellent musician who brings boundless levels of energy and commitment to the choir.