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Ellie Verkerk

Ellie Verkerk

Biography

Ellie is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied with internationally renowned teachers Vanessa Latarche and Pip Eastop as a pianist specialising in accompaniment and French Horn. Her work as a musical director and supervisor is infused with a passion for creating positive and collaborative working environments. Drawing upon over 20 years experience, she combines her background as a multi-instrumentalist, classically trained musician with contemporary musical styles. With a wide and varied career playing in major concert venues and theatres, to recording studios, working with actor musicians and cabaret artists, fixing bands, arranging music and gigging with her rock band, Ellie has established connections with a diverse network of musicians, creatives, including sound and lighting designers, musicians, vocal health practitioners and occupational therapists. With her experience and network combined, this makes Ellie a unique addition to any team.

MD and Musical Supervisor credits include The Burnt City (Punchdrunk 2022 - ), Frankenstein (Blackeyed Theatre, UK Tour), SIX (West End and UK Tour), Collabro (UK Tour), The One (Chesney Hawkes and Charlton Pettus), Well Behaved Women (Lambert Jackson Productions), My Parade (debut album, Stephanie Fearon), The Last Five Years (Frankfürt Premiere), Twelfth Night (Reading Between The Lines), The Underground Orchestra (Buswell, Shepherds Bush Empire), Mash Up, Plug In The Lead and West End Unplugged (Leicester Square Theatre). Her album recordings include Stitched Shoes and an Irish Wristwatch (Buswell - trumpet and piano), Parade (Stephanie Fearon - musical supervisor and keys), The MS Song Cycle (Rory Sherman / SimG Productions), and Dear Pariah (piano and accordion). Links to listen to these tracks are included above on the Spotify link.

She also creates bespoke backing tracks (click on the SoundCloud link above), and works as a fixer for shows and concerts.

Other work includes assisting the conductor and film director for Celebrating John Lord, and the Teenage Cancer Trust: Bring Me The Horizon, both at the Royal Albert Hall.

She is stylistically versatile across most genres of music, used to working and triggering click tracks, and a confident backing vocalist. She also plays the keytar.

Member of the Musicians Union

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Tours

Regions

  • United Kingdom

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Voice teacher with roster of private students
  • Other

My Primary Instrument

  • Keys & Keytar

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice
  • Other

Software

  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius