Aged 10 she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and made her first concert appearance with the Queen's Hall Orchestra, under Sir Henry Wood in 1905. In addition to her concert work she had a successful music hall career, making her variety debut at the London Pavilion in 1910.
On her variety tours she was billed as "Elsie Southgate, The Royal Violinist", and, in 1926, she toured the vaudeville theatres of the United States and Canada.
She died in May 1946.
Busby, Roy. British Music Hall: An Illustrated Who's Who from 1850 to the Present Day (p. 163) 1976, ISBN 0-236-40053-3