Martin John Ellis (Class of 1961)
Martin was born on 23 September 1943 in Ealing, London. Whilst a pupil at City of London School he became a chorister at the Temple Church under Sir George Thalben-Ball. When his voice broke he assisted GTB in the organ loft and thus began his love of choral and organ music. He held the Royal College of Organists’ R.J.Pitcher Scholarship at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Sir George Thalben-Ball and Sir John Dykes Bower.
Martin taught in a number of preparatory and secondary schools including Taunton School and Reigate Grammar School where he was Director of Music for thirteen years. His last appointment was on the visiting music staff of Epsom College where he was Chapel Organist.
During the Reigate and Epsom period Martin was also Director of Music and Organist at St Martin’s Church, Dorking. He was a Methodist Local Preacher and has been very active in the Methodist Church Music Society and the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Martin retired to Suffolk in 2014 and threw himself into many activities. He has given organ recitals around the UK for over 50 years including twenty-four in 2019. He continued to lead worship regularly and became Ecumenical Officer for the Ipswich Methodist Circuit. At the time of his death Martin was President of the Suffolk Organists’ Association for the second time.
Martin died peacefully at home on 30 January, 2020 after a short illness. His legacy lives on in the countless young people he has taught and encouraged.