Born in Glasgow, Elaine was surrounded by music from a young age as her mother was a professionally trained pianist and Soprano singer. She began the piano at the age of 6 and began learning the violin at the age of 11 when she returned with her family back to Scotland, from Jamaica where she had lived for 8 years.
Her love of the violin grew and she was accepted at the age of 15 as a pupil of Peter Mountain, then head of Strings at RSAMD (now Scottish Conservatoire). She later studied there for a BA Music performance degree, then she moved to London as a post graduate student to complete an orchestral diploma, based at Goldsmiths College.
This led to freelancing, including UK tours with Scottish Ballet and New Sadler’s Wells Opera, and part time teaching. She got married in London then moved to Brighton where she went on to have 3 children.
She taught violin, viola and some piano at various schools including Roedean and Brighton College, and continued her orchestral and chamber music, which has included some orchestral leading and session playing for various song writers. Elaine has a particular love of improvising which she has been able to do in many contexts both professionally and voluntarily. Her career has taken her on tour to Turkey, Hong Kong, France and even the Faroe Islands in the last few years.
Elaine has always loved watching ballet since she was taken to see Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dance in ‘Swan lake’ as a child, so she is particularly excited to be involved in this innovative production of The Secret Garden which offers an exciting opportunity to play on stage with ballet dancers in creatively interactive way.