Ellie is a 21-year-old flautist and saxophonist from Manchester who began her musical life aged 7. She graduated from Durham University in 2018 with a First Class Honours Degree and currently works at Wells Cathedral School as a Graduate Music Assistant and the schools' Orchestra Manager. Ellie specialises in orchestral, chamber and jazz repertoire as a soloist and in ensembles.
In Durham, Ellie was a member of Durham University Orchestral Society's Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and her own wind ensemble, the Divinity Quintet, in which she enjoyed opportunities to act as Principal Piccolo and Flautist. She also performed with Orchestra Cipriani, a relatively new ensemble in the Durham which aims to recreate underperformed works. Being the musical director of St Cuthberts' Society Big Band and a member of The Elvet Quintet provided Ellie with continuing experience in the genres of jazz, funk and popular musics. Having previously studied with John Barrow, during her degree Ellie was taught by Eilidh Gillespie of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and achieved her ABRSM Diploma in 2017. With thanks to the Cheshire Fund and Chris Higgins Bursary, she has been tutored by Philippa Davies & Jan Wilhelm Nellecke on their summer school at Benslow Music, by Ruth Morley, Yvonne Roberston and Wissam Boustany at the Scottish International Flute Summer School and Sarah Newbold and Zoe Smith at Llangenny Flutes. When not studying, Ellie taught at the Sage in Gateshead as a Flute Tutor on their Step-Up Strings Programme, one of the Young Musicians' Programmes, alongside members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and freelance musicians.
Originally from Manchester, Ellie has performed with groups including the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra and Greater Manchester Youth Wind Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Band on the Wall, Royal Northern College of Music, Salford University, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Performances further afield have taken her to Italy, Budapest, Paris, Slovenia and New York which included the opportunity to play in Central Park.
Ellie regularly performs jazz, ska, soul, pop and funk music with groups in the North West. Her jazz experience has led to participation in groups including BARE BRASS and sextet North-South in some of Manchester's best jazz venues including; Band on the Wall, the Night and Day Cafe, The Fitzgerald and The Lloyds. In 2016 they performed as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival.
Before becoming a university student, Ellie achieved her ABRSM Grade 8 Flute qualification with distinction in 2013, aged 16 and Trinity College London Grade 8 Jazz Saxophone with distinction in 2014, aged 17. Performance opportunities previously included playing Mozart's First Flute Concerto in G major, recording in VoltaLab Studios and conducting at Huddersfield Town Hall, having gained much experience throughout her time at Crompton House School and Oldham Music Service.
Last year Ellie enjoyed playing in a production of Carmen in Durham's Gala Theatre, concerts in Durham Cathedral with repertoire including Respighi's Roman Trilogy, and the opportunity to play Carl Reinecke's Ballade for Flute and Orchestra with Durham University Palatinate Chamber Orchestra. This year she looks forward to moving to Somerset and exploring all the South West has to offer.