Paul Ellison

Dr Paul Ellison is a native of Liverpool, UK and was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying organ with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and harpsichord with Virginia Black, gaining the Recital Diploma for Organ Performance (DipRAM); London University where he was awarded a BMus degree; Queens' College, Cambridge; San José State University, where he gained an MA in musicology; and Cardiff University, where he holds a PhD degree, awarded for his thesis: “The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in His Music”. It will be published by Pendragon Press in later this year. He emigrated to the United States in August 1988, and is currently Director of Music and Organist at Church of the Advent of Christ the King in San Francisco, High Holiday Choir Director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and a member of the faculties of San Francisco State University and St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School, San Mateo. He is also Associate Editor of The Beethoven Journal, the periodical of the American Beethoven Society and Editor of The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Among the more interesting highlights of his career Paul has performed for HRH The Prince Charles at Trinity College, Cambridge, directed the music at the weddings of actor Julian Sands and director Michael Attenborough (son of Sir Richard) and at the funerals of actor Leonard Rossiter and the Marquesa de Casa Maury (Freda Dudley Ward, sometime mistress of King Edward VIII).