Patrick Ellis



The co-artistic director alongside Zygmund de Somogyi for the online Contemporary Music Magazine, Prxludes.

Since joining in February 2023, Patrick has contributed articles featuring interviews with Sylvia Lim, Lise Morrison, Christian Drew, Laurence Osborn, Esther Wu, Celia Swart and Mia Windsor, as well written features on Ivan Vukosavljević's debut album, 'The Burning', Avenue Azure's self-titled record, Ireland's most forward thinking ensemble, Kirkos ahead of their 2023 performance at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ailís Ní Ríain's NMC release, 'The Last Time I Died', the 2023-24 National Youth Choir Young Composers and Kory Reeder's US label, Sawyer Editions.

Open Union

Open Union is an electric guitar and modular synth duo made up of composer-performers Peter Bell and Patrick Ellis.

Described by treasured composer Howard Skempton as being, ‘sometimes subtle and unstable; sometimes rich and dense’, the duo aims to build up strong collaborative relationships to create new verbal and text based works. Their current collaborators are Christine Cornwell, Wilson Leywantono, May Chi and Paolo Griffin.

The duo have performed at UK events Ealing Extranormal, AMOK, Don't Mind Control, Birmingham Modular Organisation and CODA Festival, and in 2023, undertook a mini-tour of The Netherlands, as part of the Sounding Here concert series at Splendor in Amsterdam and Batavierhuis in Rotterdam.


Active between 2013 and 2021, Vallé was Patrick’s home-recording project that took influences from Ambient, Shoegaze and Dream Pop, as well as Experimental and Contemporary Western Classical Music.

Over the course of eight years, the complete digital discography included two albums, five eps and several singles. A live one-off live performance that featured new devised material took place on the 9th of February 2020, as part of Birmingham’s Ideas of Noise Festival. The live line up featured Patrick Ellis and Peter Bell on electric guitars and Georgia Denham on vocals and modular synths.

What is a composer?

A podcast series which asks questions to fifteen composers on different topics.

What is a composer? Blog

Short blog posts that were written between October 2016 and May 2017, to document the process of conception, interviewing and recording for the What is a Composer? podcast.

In conversation with…

A Scratch Radio Series that was aired between January and June 2016, with a special episode in May 2017. Each week a different student composer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was interviewed. On the show their music, approach and influences on were discussed.

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