Eleanor Carter



Eleanor CarterEleanor is a third year Music student at Clare College, where she holds the post of the Sir William McKie Senior Organ Scholar, the first ever female organ scholar in Clare College's history. Eleanor has also accompanied the King’s Voices choir of King’s College for two years. Eleanor grew up in Guildford attending Tormead School as a music scholar. She started learning the organ at the age of nine, quickly going on to study with Katherine Dienes-Williams at Guildford Cathedral. She latterly attended the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied organ with Anne Marsden Thomas and Peter Holder; however, she currently studies with James McVinnie.

She regularly accompanies services at various local churches and has had opportunities to play services in Canterbury, Chichester, Guildford, Ely, Durham and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Eleanor has also given organ recitals and performed at various venues, such as St. Lawrence Jewry in London, Buxton Music festival and Truro Cathedral, as well as internationally, including at Notre-Dame Cathedral. In Cambridge, Eleanor has given organ recitals at Clare College, St. John’s College, Queen’s College, Girton College, Sidney Sussex College and Pembroke College, where she performed as part of Pembroke’s all female Bachathon, as well as being selected for a masterclass with Dame Gillian Weir. In her second year, Eleanor was the President of Clare College Music Society.

As part of her organ scholarship at Clare, Eleanor plays for the choir's regular schedule of services and concerts, including tours of Europe and the USA, also occasionally directing the choir. Eleanor has accompanied the choir on one of their CD recordings, and has also played on BBC Radio 3, on the ‘In Tune’ live broadcast.

Eleanor is also a cellist and pianist - particularly enjoying chamber music, she has played with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the International Chamber Music Academy for several years.  Through this ensemble playing she has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall.