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Ellis, David

Ellis, David (b Liverpool, 1933). Eng. composer and administrator. Comps. awarded Royal Philharmonic prize, RCM patrons’ award, and Morley College opera prize. Joined staff of BBC, Manchester, 1964 with responsibility for BBC Northern SO (now BBC Philharmonic) programmes. Head of Mus., BBC North, 1978–86. Art. dir., Northern Chamber Orch. from 1986. Works incl.:OPERA: Crito, Op.21 (1963).ORCH.: sym. No.1, Op.38 (1973); Sinfonietta, Op.13 (1953); vn. conc., Op.22 (1958); pf. conc., Op.27 (1962); Dance Rhapsody, Op.28 (1963); Fanfares and Cadenzas, Op.31 (1968).CHAMBER ORCH.: Diversions, Op.39 (1974); In Nomine (1963); Sequentia III (Tenebrae), Op.32 (1970); Circles (1979); Capriccio ‘The Bear’ (1981).STRING ORCH.: Diversions on a Theme of Purcell, Op.16 (1956); Solus, Op.37 (1973); Suite franglaise (1987).CHORAL: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, ch., org. (1964); Psalm 115, ch., brass, org., Op.33 (1970); Carols for an Island Christmas, Op.34, ch., ens. (1971); Sequentia IV (Visions), Op.36, ten., bar., ch., org., perc. (1972); Sequentia V (Genesis), Op.40, ch., orch. (or org.) (1975).CHAMBER MUSIC: str. trio, Op.9 (1954); wind quintet, Op.17 (1956); sonata for db., Op.42 (1977); str. qt. (1980); Aubade, hn., pf. (1981).PIANO: sonatina, Op.2 (1953); sonata, Op.12 (1956).

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