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 Project Manager for Audiovisability - a professional music and arts platform for Deaf and hearing professionals to showcase their work. Recently, 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. She is a teacher and workshop leader to children and adults, currently holding academic and peripatetic teaching positions at Lambeth Music Service. She also teaches privately across London.
Eloise 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. She currently coordinates individual and group music lessons at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, teaching through the medium of British Sign Language. Eloise is currently Project Manager for Audiovisability, working alongside colleague and Artistic Director Ruth Montgomery to provide a mainstream professional platform for often unheard and unseen Deaf musicians and artists.
Eloise has also spoken at numerous Deaf awareness workshops and events. She has led training sessions at Lambeth Music Services to raise awareness of the challenges associated with childhood hearing loss. 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 strives to collaborate with organisations and individuals to showcase Deaf talent in the mainstream. She also continues to collaborate with and develop resources for music teachers to Deaf or hard of hearing students around the world.
PAST AND PRESENT WORK
- Project Manager at Audiovisability.
- Peripatetic music teacher with Lambeth Music Service.
- Private music/instrumental teacher (piano, violin, voice, music theory, musicianship).
- Decibels consultant and workshop leader.
- 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, 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.