Originally from Ware, Hertfordshire, Ellie grew up in a musical family and started the trumpet aged 7. She later played principal trumpet with the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra, won a place to join the National Youth Orchestra in their Mahler 1 BBC Prom, and regularly played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Graduating from the Royal College of Music, London, Ellie received tuition from Paul Beniston, Neil Brough and Michael Laird. She continued to study privately with Kristian Steenstrup and Mark David. In her final year, Ellie was awarded the RCM Brass Ensemble Prize and was Brass Faculty Winner of the RCM Concerto Competition.
Ellie enjoys a freelance career, performing with a large variety of orchestras, small ensembles, sessions, shows, and solo engagements. Orchestral work includes the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and Britten Sinfonia. She is currently on trial for Principal Trumpet of English National Ballet.
As a chamber musician, Ellie has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brass Ensemble, London Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble, and English National Opera Brass. She also joined soprano Carleen Ebbs in The London Handel Festival on period instrument, and has performed with with brass quintet Chaconne Brass in recitals and recording across the country.
As a soloist, Ellie has performed Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 at St John’s, Smith Square, London, and her Trumpet and Organ duo, Illumina, released their first CD for Convivium Records in October 2017. They also recorded two world premieres by Roderick Elms, released on Hyperion. They regularly give recitals in venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Queens College, Oxford, where they have performed world premieres of works they have commissioned.
Commercially, Ellie has performed with Brad Mehldau, Seal, Sister Sledge, the Bootleg Beatles, Russell Watson, Zola Jesus, and regularly plays in ‘Les Miserables’ (Queen’s Theatre, London West End). She has also played for ‘Chicago the Musical’ (Phoenix Theatre, London West End), ‘Don Quixote’ (The Garrick, London West End), ‘She Loves Me’ (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), UK tours of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Chicago the Musical’ and ‘Top Hat’. Ellie also held the first Trumpet chair for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in their Barbican “Rome” productions.
Ellie has performed fanfares for Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, and enjoys the variety freelancing brings.