Eloise Garland is a professional musician, teacher, producer, and Deaf awareness campaigner based in London, UK. She works alongside a number of charities, organisations, and companies to promote full inclusion and access to music for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. She is also Associate Director of Audiovisability, a professional music and arts platform for Deaf and hearing professionals to showcase their work. In 2017, Eloise presented the radio documentary Listening Without Ears, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of the station’s The Art of Living series. The documentary explored ways in which people with hearing loss engage with music and sound, and challenged listeners to consider music appreciation from another perspective.
ELOISE GARLAND BMus(Hons)
Eloise began studying music at the age of seven as a young chorister at her local church in Rhyl, North Wales, before joining the choir at St Asaph Cathedral in 2006. At the age of nine, she began violin lessons with teachers Jane Foad and Margaret Scourse. Her love of singing led her to join the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir in 2010. At the age of 15, Eloise was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she studied voice, violin, and piano. Here, Eloise had the opportunity to develop her solo soprano career under Helen Francis, as well as work with musicians such as David Hill, Maggie McDonald, and Sir Mark Elder.
Following her time at Chetham's, Eloise moved to London and completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours degree at City, University of London. Whilst here, she received vocal tuition under Margaret Humphrey-Clark at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was also an active member of several ensembles both in and out of university grounds, including the university’s Chamber Choir, City University Experimental Ensemble, and the London Philharmonic Choir. Throughout her degree, Eloise drew on her own experiences as a Deaf musician. She decided to focus on researching the benefits of teaching music to Deaf children which later became her chosen area of study for her final dissertation.
Eloise is now a professional singer, violinist, and pianist based in London, and currently holds teaching positions with Lambeth Music Service and Music of Life. She is particularly passionate about promoting full access and inclusion in music education for deaf children and young people. She works alongside a number of charities and organisations to run music workshops for people with hearing loss, and currently coordinates individual and group music lessons for deaf children across three schools, teaching through the medium of British Sign Language.
Eloise is Associate Director of Audiovisability, working alongside colleague and Artistic Director Ruth Montgomery to provide a mainstream professional platform for often unheard and unseen Deaf musicians and artists. She is also Research and Development Creative Arts Director for Decibels.
Eloise has spoken at numerous Deaf awareness workshops and events. She regularly runs CPD sessions with music teachers to raise awareness of hearing loss and improve access in the classroom. She has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, Brunel University, and Goldsmiths University where she has challenged students to think about music from more than just an aural perspective.
In April 2017, Eloise was asked to present a new radio documentary for BBC Radio 4. Listening Without Ears featured deaf and hearing musicians and professionals from across Europe, exploring ways in which Deaf and hard of hearing people engage with music and sound. Ahead of broadcast, Listening Without Ears was highlighted to listeners across a range of magazines and newspapers including The Radio Times, The Telegraph, and The Times. It is also believed to be the first fully-subtitled radio programme broadcast by the BBC, making the programme accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences. It was broadcast on December 12th 2017.
Looking to the future, Eloise hopes to raise the bar for young deaf musicians, giving them a platform to showcase their talent in the mainstream.
PAST AND PRESENT WORK
- Associate Director at Audiovisability.
- Research and Development Creative Arts Director for Decibels.
- Peripatetic music teacher with Lambeth Music Service.
- Private music/instrumental teacher (piano, violin, voice, music theory, musicianship).
- Classroom and peripatetic music teacher with Sing Academy (December 2016 to October 2017).
- Visiting lecturer at Brunel University (October to November 2016).
- Music and visual arts workshop leader at Mary Hare School for Deaf Children (November 2016).
Eloise has also worked with a number of charities in the past and present, including Music of Life Foundation, Yorkshire Youth and Music, Music and the Deaf, Decibels, Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL), the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), Jewish Deaf Association, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.