British composer, conductor, record producer and administrator David Ellis was born in Liverpool on 10 March 1933 and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music where, with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon, he formed the New Music Manchester Group. His compositions began to attract awards, commissions and performances.
He worked as a music producer for the BBC, initially in charge of administration and programme planning for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and later becoming head of music for BBC North. He was subsequently artistic director and composer-in-residence of the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and then, in Portugal, assistant to the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa's chief conductor Alvaro Cassuto.
He returned to the UK to devote his time to composition and CD production, working with many important record labels.
His music has been played and broadcast in many countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Israel, Portugal, UK and the USA.
David Ellis died on 20 April 2023, aged ninety, following a fall.
Classical music news - April 2023 Obituaries - Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month
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