Award-winning Scottish harpist Elinor Nicholson graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Masters in Music (Distinction) in 2016 and a Bachelor of Music with first class honours in 2014. Whilst at the RNCM, Elinor was twice a finalist in the Gold Medal competition and won the prestigious RNCM Concerto Competition in 2016, which resulted in a performance of Debussy’s‘Danses’ for harp and string orchestra.
Professionally Elinor has performed in some of the country’s most notable concerts halls, including; Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Sage Gateshead, Royal Glasgow Concert Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. She regularly performs with ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Elinor regularly performs with her two chamber duos, Meridiem and Polaris. The Polaris Duo recently recorded their debut CD ‘illuminate’, which features works for Saxophone and Harp. Most recently they have been selected as ‘BBC Introducing Artists’ and have subsequently had their music broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Elinor’s flute and harp duo, Meridiem, regularly perform for music societies across the UK and are looking forward to performing Mozart’s ‘Flute and Harp Concerto’ in 2019 with Sale Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Elinor has performed extensively with CLOUDS – a genre-defying harp quartet. The ensemble performs folk-inspired original compositions by Esther Swift and have recently recorded a new CD which will be released alongside a UK tour in 2019.
Elinor is a passionate about performing music in outreach settings and works regularly for Yehudi Menuhin’s ground-breaking scheme ‘Live Music Now!’, which sends musicians to perform in schools, care homes, hospitals and day centres. Elinor is fellowship musician on the LMN scheme and is spending a year working in a special school, supporting children’s musical and personal development.