Bridgewater Sinfonia, Berkhamsted

Eleanor Pennell-Briggs


Soprano Eleanor Pennell-Briggs trained as an oboist at the Royal College of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and then as a singer at Trinity Laban and with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Eleanor was an OperaWorks artist at English National Opera, and now trains privately in London with Neil Baker.

Notable concert performances include the Villa-Lobos ‘Bachianas Brasileiras No.5’ at Cadogan Hall, Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at St John’s Smith Square, ‘The Ultimate Opera Gala’ with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Paul Carr’s ‘Requiem for an Angel’ with the Orchestre de Opera de Toulon, and Mahler’s ‘8th Symphony’ with both the Orchestre National de Lille and the Cheltenham Music Festival. In the operatic field, Eleanor has worked as principal or cover with companies such as the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Teatro Garibaldi (Sicily), Orchestre National de Lille, English Touring Opera, Philharmonie Luxembourg, and has also workshopped new compositions with English National Opera. Alongside her solo career, Eleanor is an experienced choral singer and works regularly with the Royal Opera House Chorus, the BBC Singers and the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singers Scheme, and is a resident carol singer at The Ritz Hotel every December.

In her spare time Eleanor is training as a Somatic Psychotherapist, and during the COVID-19 pandemic completed a postgraduate qualification in Psychology & Neuroscience from King’s College London while volunteering as a vaccinator for St John Ambulance.