11th January 1801
3rd January 1873
John Lodge Ellerton was an English composer, born as John Lodge in Cheshire. According to the Dictionary of National Biography of 1889, he attended Rugby School and graduated with an MA from Brasenose College Oxford University in 1828. Between 1829 and 1831 he studied under Pietro Terziani in Rome, where he wrote 7 operas in Italian. In 1837 he adopted the name of Ellerton and on 24 August that year married Henrietta Barbara Lumley, the sister of the 8th Earl of Scarbrough. His English opera "Domenica" was produced at Drury Lane in 1838, but this was unsuccessful; his oratorio Paradise Lost (op. 125; for soloists (SSAATTTBB), chorus (SATB) and orchestra.), published in 1857, had more critical success. In 1855 he met Richard Wagner in London. In his memoirs Wagner accorded Ellerton "a fine, amiable mind". Ellerton died at his home in Connaught Place, London, in 1873.