John Ellis was born in 1943 and studied Medicine at Manchester University. After specialising in paediatrics, he worked in the NHS, holding a consultant position until his retirement in 2002. He had a lifelong love of playing the piano and organ and held several church organist posts including, from 1997 at St. Mary's Parish Church, Prestwich and, since 2009, at Bury Parish Church. He composed a large number of organ works, most of which have been recorded on two CDs available from divine art, as well as choral works and solo songs. His large-scale Organ Symphony was premiered at Blackburn Cathedral by Robin Walker in 2009 and he received several prizes and commissions.
Sadly, John died on April 26th. A gentle, warm-hearted man with a lovely sense of humour, he will be deeply missed. His music is always superbly-crafted, highly individual and with every note placed with absolute precision.
We are proud to publish the following organ works by John Ellis (the level of difficulty is indicated by the number in brackets, where 1 is simple and 6 is difficult):
Concert Waltz  £4.00
Festive Voluntary  £3.50
Three Pieces: [4-5] £5.00
Triptych (Scherzo-Fantasie/Minuet/Toccata) [4-5] £5.00
Veni, Emmanuel, Variations for organ [4-5] £5.00
In addition, music by John Ellis is included in the two collections below:
CHAMBER MINIATURES [2-4] £5.00
ELLIS, John - Voluntary on Nun Danket alle Gott
ELLIS, John - Suite in homage to Handel
HYMN-TUNE PRELUDES (VOL. 2): [2-4] £7.00
ELLIS, John - Passion Chorale
ELLIS, John - Veni, Creator
Two fine CD recordings of the organ music of John Ellis are available from www.divine-art.com
Includes Festive Voluntary, Triptych (Scherzo-Fantasie/Minuet/Toccata), Hymn-Preludes on Passion Chorale and Veni, Creator, Three Pieces for organ and the magnificent Organ Symphony.