“One other name to look out for, though, is Eloise Irving. Her soprano voice is at the other end of the spectrum, pure and clear, with remarkable versatility and agility.”
Gavin Dixon – reviewer (Seen and Heard)
soprano / harp
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Eloise Irving started playing and studying both the harp and singing from a very young age. She began her lessons at the age of nine and since then has trained as a soprano/harpist with teachers from both Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. At the age of 13 she won BBC Choirgirl of the Year and which led to her first professional performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall that Christmas. She later went on to Central School of Speech and Drama, where she gained a BA Acting degree.
Eloise enjoys singing a wide range of music, from oratorio and classical singing to jazz and musical theatre. She chose the harp because it was something completely different and she is constantly adding to her already vast repertoire by arranging and composing music for soprano and harp. Eloise interprets a wide range of styles for harp and voice, from the present day via musical theatre, light classical, jazz, and folk. Her usual programme includes a combination of light classical, traditional folk arrangements, musical theatre and contemporary. She is always happy to discuss the choice of music with her clients and will happily arrange a special piece on request.
Eloise is equally at home playing the harp with or without vocals making her performances incredibly versatile. She enjoys all types of engagements, playing her harp and singing at private parties, corporate events, weddings; both civil and church. She has even utilised both her musical and dramatic skills playing a actress/harpist in TV’s Holby City. She has also cruised with Cunard Queen Elizabeth and Swan Hellenic around the Far East, America, India, France, the Baltics and Britain on which she performed her cabaret shows with vocal and harp, she has up to 6 different 45 minute themed shows, classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary popular.
Eloise has performed, toured, and recorded with The Tallis Scholars, the Monteverdi Choir, Tenebrae, BBC Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Polyphony, Armonico Consort, Philharmonia Voices, Oxford Camerata, the Brabant Ensemble, Sonoro, Eric Whitacre Singers, Howard Goodall's Enchanted Voices and Gareth Malone's Voices. She also sings as a regular soprano at Royal Hospital Chelsea.
She has appeared in a variety of roles including Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo with Longborough Festival Opera, Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Armonico Consort, as soloist in Purcell's The Fairy-Queen with Bury Court Opera, Galatea in Acis and Galatea with Chilmark Opera, Clara Schumann in Re:Sound music theatre’s UK tour of Duet and in a two-handed adaptation of The Tempest in Madrid with Le Tendre Amour. Recent opera chorus appearances have been a European tour of Handel's Semele with the Monteverdi Choir and Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini with the Monteverdi Choir which was recently performed in the BBC Proms this year.
Eloise's musical theatre career has been varied as well, a highlight being her reaching the final 20 in the BBC “How do you Solve a Problem like Maria?” and performing at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival.