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Eleanor Shute

Eleanor Shute is a British violinist, originally from Hampshire and now freelancing across the country. After graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2016 with a first class honours degree in Music, Eleanor moved to Manchester to complete her Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2019, where she studied with Pavel Fischer and Jim Clark. 

A keen orchestral musician, Eleanor has been privileged to work with internationally acclaimed conductors and artists, a highlight being leading a performance of the Saint-Saëns cello concerto with esteemed soloist, Natalie Clein. Following a successful audition, Eleanor was awarded a place to play in a side-by-side concert with The Hallé under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. In March 2018, she was invited to work with Markus Stenz on an exciting project with the Paris Conservatoire commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, which culminated in performances at the RNCM in Manchester, Cadogan Hall in London and the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Paris. 


Recent highlights include playing with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, The Brigantes Orchestra, at the London Jazz Festival with the Untold Orchestra and Bill Laurance, and for the Tom Seals Band for his ‘45s tour’, culminating in a performance at the Arts Theatre West End with guest performer Anton du Beke.

Eleanor also has an interest in musical theatre and regularly plays for shows. In 2017, she began playing with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra with whom she has performed in Bernstein’s Candide at Cadogan Hall as well as Mack & Mabel and King at the Hackney Empire Theatre. She has also worked with many West End singers including John Owen-Jones, Ben Forster, Lucie Jones, and Anna O’Byrne.

When Eleanor is not performing, she enjoys teaching and currently holds a position at the Sheffield Music Academy, one of only 12 Centres for Advanced Training in music in the UK. 


Eleanor plays on a William Szott violin, a copy of the Guarneri del Gesu ‘Plowden’ model, made in 2017.

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