"scrupulous attention to the harp's dynamic and rhythmic possibilities" The Times
Eleanor Turner is a harpist and composer who creates unique shows for herself and her ensemble to perform worldwide. She is a leading expert on contemporary harp music, a composer and producer.
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Tala Tarang (Eleanor's duo with Mendi) has been awarded the 'Develop Your Creative Practice' Award from the Arts Council, to work creatively with composer Liz Dilnot Johnson and take time to hone and develop new material. This is an exciting opportunity to return to the purely creative zone and work on what makes them so unique as a duo. They've had a few great sessions already and been exploring mathematical concepts and the themes of nature, architecture and healing.
October 20th Tala Tarang at Muzikstan (from 7pm tbc) in Birmingham's 'The Old Print Works', Moseley
November 3-6 Distorted Icons exhibition at The Crypt Gallery, Euston, London, with paintings and installations by artist Lucy Cade.
Exciting news: Eleanor is working with artist Lucy Cade to create an exhibition called 'Disrupted Icons' and they have just found out they will receive funding from the Eaton Fund and the Whitebread Trust for this close look at motherhood through their own experiences as mothers and artists. It also comments on, and disrupts, motherhood as experienced through the gaze of society. To read about this fascinating project, please visit Lucy Cade's blog post and hear some of Eleanor's musical creation so far: https://lucycade.wordpress.com/2022/05/04/disrupted-icons-project/ Eleanor and Lucy are still looking for further financial support in order to take their collaboration further and to exhibit in more places.
By watching the youtube video that Lucy has created to show this intensely experienced work in progress, we hope that it might touch a nerve with people. It isn't just those who have shared experiences, not just people who have borne children, but for the wider public to witness the chaos, pain, love, tearing apart, responsibility, sacred, confusing and demanding role that is both elevated and dismissed by society at large. A soundscape that is sometimes peaceful, sometimes reactive and raw, depending on the lived experience of the listener, is constantly evolving as Cade's paintings emerge from the canvases.
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Eleanor will be providing the music for a music based reflective 'service' at her church in Stamford, called Sanctuary, 40 minutes from 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month going forward from February 2022, featuring various artists alongside Eleanor and curated by her.
Get Ready for Grades Level 3 is now LIVE online at Eleanor's Online Harp School at Teachable. Click this link to view the course curriculum and enjoy a free preview of two of the ten lessons! Get Ready for Grades Level 3 | Eleanor Turner's Online Harp School (teachable.com)
Please find below a mixtape of six pieces curated by Eleanor and cellist and fellow composer Clare O'Connell. Recently launched as a duo, the pair are working on collecting their sonic inspirations as they create an album of pieces inspired by the novel Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter. Clare and Ellie have released a couple of videos so far on their youtube channel, YouTube.com/oconnellandturner and you can also follow and support them on Bandcamp at OConnellandTurner.Bandcamp.com
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THE THREE WAVES Eleanor's course on Indian classical music is online at eleanorturner.teachable.com. It is a co-production between her and Mendi Singh in which you learn the basics of Indian classical music: Ragas, Rhythm and Rhetoric. Learn how to explore the Charukeshi and Asavari raags, Taal - the system of beat cycles in Indian classical music, and the kind of shapes and gestures used in improvisations. It's suitable for lever and pedal harpists of all levels and is currently being enjoyed by other instrumentalists, too! Try this taster page now: https://eleanorturner.teachable.com/courses/the-three-waves-harp-and-tabla-experience-by-tala-tarang/lectures/17552861
The course was made with support from the UKHA (United Kingdom Harp Association) and can be accessed for FREE if you are a member of the UKHA, via a coupon code that you get via the Members Only section of their new website, www.ukharp.net. If you're not a UKHA member, and you don't even need to be a harp player to take the course, you can access the course for $50 or for just £10 if you support Eleanor via Patreon.
COURSE online for Advanced Harpists! Elizabeth Bass, international competition winner, chamber musician, orchestral harpist and tutor has created an online course specifically for Eleanor Turner's Teachable platform. The course is just £40 or £70 including a one on one lesson over Zoom, or in person in Bedford, with Elizabeth (at your mutual convenience). It's called The Imagination Feeds The Technique.