BabyGigs Artistic Director, Eleanor Hodgkinson founded BabyGigs in Market Harborough in 2014. At the time Eleanor was frustrated at not being able to go to ‘normal’ concerts with her children as they were too young to sit quietly. However, as both a musician and mother she knew the value of introducing high quality live music to children from a very young age, as well as the intrinsic enjoyment that attending a concert brings to the whole family.
Amongst other parents she discovered a desire for live concerts that were fun, interactive and family friendly - allowing noise and movement from the audience members. BabyGigs was born! Since then there have been over 250 BabyGigs, with instruments ranging from flutes to double bass, bass trombone to harp; there are now several regular venues and a healthy cake-eating habit! To find out more about a typical concert click here.
Eleanor is a graduate of the RNCM and RAM, and is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout the UK and in North America, Denmark, Holland, Germany and France. Her versatility has lead to numerous collaborations with composers, ensembles and other artists. She is one of the country's foremost piano teachers, working as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, and as Head of Keyboard at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She also holds an MA in Music Psychology from the University of Sheffield. Passionate about music education, Eleanor is both a writer and performer, bringing together music and other art forms to create innovative concerts and events.