Martin Ellerby was born in England in 1957. He studied composition with Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music and later privately with Wilfred Josephs. He has written in most forms including 5 symphonies, 12 concertos and a large scale Requiem for choir and orchestra. He has also written test pieces for all the key brass band contests (Tristan Encounters, Chivalry, Elgar Variations, Electra etc.) and much repertoire for concert band (Paris Sketches, Venetian Spells, Meditations, Via Crucis etc.).
His music has been broadcast and recorded all over the world by leading ensembles and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City; the Leipzig Gewandhaus in Germany and Sidney Opera House in Australia. He has been twice represented at the BBC Henry Wood Proms at the RAH (broadcast on BBC Radio 3).
A 7 year post as civilian composer-in-residence to the Regimental Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards resulted in much music for specific State events and Royal occasions. He holds a DMA from the University of Salford and is a visiting professor to the Royal Air Force Music Services. Overseas lecture tours include the USA, Europe, Australia and Brazil. His hobbies include reading, walking and cooking. He currently resides in Altrincham, Cheshire.