Eloise Nancie Gynn
Born in Cornwall, Eloise Nancie Gynn completed her undergraduate degree and her Masters in Composition (2008) at the School of Music. She has since been working actively as a composer and as a qualified practitioner of the Bowen Technique.
"My first real initiation into new music was the ‘contemporary music, contemporary culture’ module I studied in my first year at Cardiff University. I had imagined it would have been about popular culture but was happily mistaken! I found it fascinating and really inspired me as a composer. I initially came to Cardiff to study the cello, but in my second year sadly I developed tendonitis so my focus turned more to composition, a mixed blessing...maybe?
"There are many things I really enjoyed about studying at Cardiff. I loved being part of the orchestras, and especially the Contemporary Music Group, which was so much fun and challenged greatly my technical ability on the cello! Also, the tutors were great, I loved the different energies of ideas that both Anthony Powers and Arlene Sierra inspired in me. I chose especially to return to Cardiff to study a Masters in composition because Judith Weir was teaching.
"The school is particularly supportive of both composition and performance students, by providing regular workshops with visiting professional ensembles. I enjoyed building a relationship with the Schubert Ensemble of London. By writing for them on more than one occasion, I could get a sense of their particular voice and personality as an ensemble. It is great to have the opportunity to write for performers rather that just for a portfolio to hand in! The music begins to come alive as I write, as well as in performance.
"Another thing I particularly loved about studying in Cardiff was Bute Park. Having come from wild and windswept Cornwall I relished this space! … Imagine cherry blossom in spring, fiery colours in the autumn, the river Taff, the mountains and the sea; such wonderful inspiration so close to the school.
"I am now working as a Bowen Technique therapist and run a busy practice in Cardiff. When I suffered from tendonitis I found this therapy so beneficial, that I decided to train, dedicating myself to bring to others the healing I had experienced. I have been constantly amazed at the benefits this gentle bodywork therapy can bring.
"Since studying I have had the honour of participating in the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh, the St. Magnus International Festival, and the LSO Discovery Panufnik Scheme. I’m currently working on a commission for the Hebrides ensemble, to be performed at the Bath International Festival this year."