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Music | Posted 07.05.2019

Music Festival Week

You’re invited to a series of ‘Rush Hour Recitals’…

QM is delighted to be holding its inaugural Music Festival Week this June. As part of the Festival, Pianist and Head of Keys, Eleanor Kornas will be performing a series of ‘Rush Hour Recitals’ alongside other members of the QM Music team. The recitals are designed to help you escape the rush hour and unwind at the end of your day.

  • Monday 10 June: Piano Recital given by Eleanor Kornas, featuring works by Bach, Beethoven and Liszt.
  • Tuesday 11 June: Clarinet Recital given by Jonathan Sage, accompanied by Eleanor Kornas.
  • Wednesday 12 June: Organ Recital given by Eleanor Kornas, featuring works by female composers.
  • Thursday 13 June: Vocal Recital given by Heather Watts, accompanied by Eleanor Kornas.

The recitals will take place from 17:40 – 18:10 in St Margaret’s Chapel. Please book your free ticket(s) for  your chosen recital(s) by emailing events@queenmargarets.com.

Throughout the inaugural Music Festival Week we will also welcome a number of local primary schools to QM when their students will be participating in a series of interactive sessions from handling nerves to creating an orchestra from vegetables!

More about Eleanor Kornas…

Eleanor combines her job at QM with other professional engagements and is currently supported as a Chamber Musician by the Tunnell Trust and Park Lane Group. Recent concert highlights include performing Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Festival Hall, duo performances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St James, Piccadilly, and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Derbyshire Sinfonia.

Following nine years as a student at Chetham’s, Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. For academic achievement, Eleanor became a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was awarded the Donald Wort Prize by the Faculty of Music. Whilst studying, Eleanor also performed with Trinity College Chapel Choir as their Organ Scholar. Eleanor accompanied the choir for three recordings – discs of music by Ešenvalds, Leighton, and Howells – all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone Awards. Having been the first female Organ Scholar of Trinity, Eleanor was awarded the Forbes-Dunlop Grant by the Women’s Careers Foundation which enabled her to accept the offer to work as an Adami Award Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Eleanor worked at Chetham’s as a Staff Accompanist, which involved seeing students on a regular basis for one-to-one coaching sessions and performing with them across the UK. Before taking up her current position at QM, Eleanor returned to London for one year as one of three Piano Accompaniment Fellows at the Royal College of Music, accompanying students for their concerts, competitions and examinations, and as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, where she worked and performed with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; culminating in a performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Eleanor looks forward to upcoming engagements, including returning to Trinity College, Cambridge, to give an Organ Recital as part of their weekend celebrating 40 years of Women at Trinity, performing as the Piano soloist in Finzi’s Eclogue in Derby Cathedral, a tour of Scotland early in 2020 supported by the Tunnell Trust, and duo recitals at venues including St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room.