Ellen Deverall completed her BMus with Honours in clarinet at the New Zealand School of Music in 2006, studying with Debbie Rawson and Phil Green. She continued her studies in London, graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010 with a Masters of Music with Distinction and DipRAM. She was awarded a Regency Graduation Award for excellence, the Paddy Purcell Prize for wind playing and the Keith Pearson Memorial Award for orchestral playing.
Ellen won the Royal Over-Seas League/New Zealand Society Scholarship to the United Kingdom in 2006 which coincided with the audition dates at the conservatoires. She continued her relationship with the Royal Over-Seas League while living in London, performing several times at Overseas House, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Northern Ireland. In duo performances, she has played to The Queen, performed recitals at St. Martins-in-the-Fields, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Cadoghan Hall and as a soloist with the RAM Chamber Orchestra. She received a full scholarship to the Encuentro de Musica y Acadaemia de Santander in 2009 studying with Michel Arrignon. She was a finalist in the 2010 Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Soloist Competition.
While in London, Ellen was a member of the St. James Quintet—winners of the 2009 Royal Over-Seas League ensemble prize and Martin Musical/Philharmonia Scholarship. The Quintet performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and several times on BBC Radio 3. They performed for The Queen and the Royal Family, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. They were 2009–2010 Royal Academy of Music Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows and were young artists with the Concordia Foundation and Park Lane schemes. In 2011 they were invited to perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, sponsored by the Royal Over-Seas League.
Ellen moved back to New Zealand at the beginning of 2012 and shortly after won the principal clarinet position with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She also works as a causal player for the Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestra Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Ellen is immensely grateful to the Kia Ora Foundation for the assistance she has had through the Patricia Pratt Scholarship. Without this financial support, her studies in London would not have been possible.