Ellie VerkerkCategory: MDs
Ellie graduated from the Royal College of Music as a pianist, accompanist and orchestral musician, and has worked with a broad variety of musicians, singers and singer-songwriters, from London’s West End to recording sessions, cabarets, weddings and beyond.
She was the assistant to the conductor and production assistant to the film director for Celebrating John Lord (Royal Albert Hall) and has worked as a keys player for Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre). Her work as Musical Director includes Beauty and the Beast, Oh What A Lovely War, Mother Courage and Dracula (Blackeyed Theatre), and Cabaret in the Cellar Bar (South Hill Park). Her work as Assistant Musical Director includes Kerrigan-Lowdermilk LIVE (St James Theatre), and All I Want for Christmas… (Julie Atherton, St James Theatre). Recording and session work includes My Parade (Stephanie Fearon), and singer-songwriters Dear Pariah and Buswell. She has appeared as a trumpet player in music videos, and conducted a symphony orchestra at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of the Underground Orchestra Challenge with Sean Buswell.
Ellie is a passionate supporter of young people, teaching and supporting those who aspire to work professionally in the creative arts industry, and works at the Read Dance and Theatre College (Reading, Berkshire). In addition to her musical work, Ellie is also a massage therapist, specialising in the treatment of musicians and performers, and works regularly with people with special needs. www.EllieVerkerk.com.