John Ellis Recordings
John Ellis qualified in Medicine at Manchester University and then, specialising in Paediatrics, held an NHS Consultant post until retiring in 2002. He had a lifelong interest in playing the piano and organ, obtaining the ARCO whilst working in Bolton with tuition from William Morgan FRCO, of Bolton Parish Church. John held a number of church organist posts (since 1997 at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Prestwich, Manchester) and also found himself rehearsing and accompanying a variety of solo singers and choral groups.
He commenced composing seriously comparatively late, and mainly for organ, pieces ranging from church voluntaries to recital items. His choral works ( anthems, cantatas etc) have been performed by a number of choirs in the North West ( Bury, Bolton, Standish Choral Societies – Manchester Cathedral Cantata Choir), and later in life he increasingly composed for solo voice with organ and piano accompaniment, the “Five Ruthless Rhymes” (for soprano and piano) being frequently programmed. He was awarded first prize at the Yorkshire Composers Festival of 2001 and also at the Edinburgh Organ Academy 2004 Organ Composition Competition, John was delighted to be awarded a commission by SPNM/Heritage Lottery Fund for the newly restored organ in St. Botolph’s, Aldgate (2006). He was also an active member of the group, “Lakeland Composers”, both composing and performing.
John Ellis died on 26 April, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer, during which time he worked diligently with organist Robin Walker and Divine Art chairman Stephen Sutton in producing the second volume of his music for organ.