My music seeks the spaces between the place of potential, of light and essence. It creates a particular sound world, inspired by everything around me.
Inspired by the natural world, poetry and movement, Eloise Nancie Gynn’s music has been described as “ethereal, glowering” (Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine), “quite intoxicating” (Classical Reviewer), and “ luxuriantly slow moving, soft edged and ruminative” (Ivan Hewitt, Telegraph). She studied Composition at Cardiff University with Arlene Sierra, Anthony Powers and Judith Weir, winning a scholarship for High Performance, the School’s Neville John String Prize and the A. B. Dally Prize for Composition.
Eloise has had works performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Kokoro, Hebrides Ensemble, Schubert Ensemble, MusArc choir and the Dr. K Sextet, at festivals such as Aldeburgh, St. Magnus, Bath and Cheltenham. Through the LSO’s Panufnik Scheme, her commission Anahata was premiered at the Barbican, conducted by Nicholas Collon, and her earlier piece Sakura has been recorded and released on LSO Live ‘The Panufnik Legacies’, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth.
Eloise has performed in a diverse range of artistic ventures, from playing the cello and shakuhachi at festivals in Armenia and Lithuania, to collaborating with choreographers at Phoenix Dance Theatre. More recently she created and performed the music for Hiraeth– a piece for four dancers, cello, voice and electronics, and collaborated with Ajaeng player Yoona Kim and dancer Yanghee Lee for a performance at Hwaeom Buddhist Temple in Korea. As a cellist/vocalist she performs with Les Mignonettes, a new trio specialising in original compositions and contemporary arrangements of folk music from around Europe.
Recent works include an LSO commission for the Setúbal Festival in Portugal, The Last Song for the Berkeley Ensemble and Quietening for solo cello. Her family ballet score Little Red Riding Hood, commissioned by Northern Ballet and choreographed by Mariana Rodrigues, was premiered in October 2019 in Leeds and the Royal Opera House. It was then adapted for CBeebies, which first aired at Easter.