September 30, 1949 –
Eleanor Alberga was born in Kingston, Jamaica. When she was 5 year old she decided she wanted to become a concert pianist and by the age of 10 was composing music for the piano. After studying at the Jamaica School of Music, Alberga received a scholarship that she used to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. She fulfilled her dream to be a concert pianist and also was pianist for The London Contemporary Dance Company. She has been composing full time since 2001 and writes music for dance, as well as orchestra, choral and chamber music, and solo instruments. Alberga set Roald Dahls Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to music for symphony orchestra and narrators. She founded the Arcadia Music Festival with her husband, violinist Thomas Bowes; and opened the famous Last Night of the BBC Proms with Arise Athena!, a piece for orchestra and choir.