PianistEleanor Daley received her Bachelor of Music Degree in organ performance from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and holds diplomas in both organ and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Trinity College in England. She has been Director of Music at Fairlawn Avenue United Church in Toronto since 1982, and is currently the conductor of three choirs there. She has been the accompanist for the Bach Children’s Chorus since 1995, and was the accompanist of the Amadeus Choir under Lydia Adams’ direction from 1991-2005.
A prolific composer, Eleanor has a remarkable gift for melody and sensitive interweaving of text and music. She has over 100 choral compositions in publication, and is commissioned extensively throughout North America and Europe. Her compositions have been performed and recorded in North America, Great Britain, Europe, South America and the Far East. Eleanor’s compositions have twice received the National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors at their national conference. In 2004 Eleanor was invited to be the first Composer-in-Residence at the international choral festival, Festival 500, in St. John’s Newfoundland.
The choirs of Fairlawn Avenue United Church have recorded two CDs featuring the choral music of Eleanor Daley: Canticle to the Spirit (2000) and What Sweeter Music (2003). Magnificat Live! which features the Magnificats of John Rutter and Jonathan Willcocks was released in 2009, and a new Christmas CD called Gloria was released in 2012.