Former Brookmans Park pupil saves the day at Royal Albert Hall

Former Queenswood School pupil Eleanor Grant.
Picture: Mark Davies

Former Queenswood School pupil Eleanor Grant. Picture: Mark Davies - Credit: Archant

A former Brookmans Park school pupil saved the day at the Royal Albert Hall after a soloist had to withdraw due to illness.

Former Queenswood School pupil Eleanor Grant performs at the Royal Albert Hall.
Picture: Ed Kalnins

Former Queenswood School pupil Eleanor Grant performs at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Ed Kalnins - Credit: Archant

Soprano Eleanor Grant, who left Queenswood School with straight As at A-level, stepped up calmly to perform all the vocals during a live world premiere of The English Patient.

Eleanor was accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, in front of a sell-out audience of thousands.

This special screening of the 1996 movie was accompanied by a live in-sync performance of the Oscar-winning soundtrack.

The composer, Gabriel Yared, was extremely complimentary about Eleanor’s performance.


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Eleanor, 18, is currently studying double bass at the Royal Academy of Music, and previously held music and drama scholarships at Queenswood.

Queenswood’s director of music, Jonathan Dobson said: “Eleanor is an extraordinary musician.

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“She is without doubt the best I have taught in my career.

“To be able to take on such a huge role at such short notice shows incredible self-confidence and maturity.”

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