Max was born and raised in Cheshire and educated at the King’s School in Macclesfield, where he took organ lessons with the school’s Director of Music, Andrew Green. In 2013, Max graduated from the University of York with a first-class BA in Historical Archaeology. This was followed by a bursary-supported MA in Historical Archaeology, which he was awarded with distinction. Max is currently a WRoCAH-funded PhD student at the University of York, researching the following title: ‘Thou shalt buz no more’: an examination of the organ-building industry in nineteenth century York; its origins, growth and prominence.
In 2012, Max was appointed as Organ Scholar at St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa, where he remained for two enjoyable years. At the start of 2014, Max moved to take up the appointment as Organ Scholar at St Olave’s Church, York, where he has relished the opportunity of working alongside Keith Wright (Director of Music). The choir of St Olave’s is nationally renowned and performs an average of 28 different choral mass settings and around 100 introits/anthems every year. In addition to its weekly liturgical music, the choir also performs concerts and large-scale choral works such as the Brahms, Duruflé, Mozart and Fauré Requiems with the church’s orchestra. The most recent performance (Fauré Requiem) was accompanied by Max on the organ. On the 5th of February 2017, Max will be officially promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Music at St Olave’s. Alongside both of these positions, Max has been playing the organ at All Saints’ Church, North Street, York on a Sunday evening for the past six years.
The Clarabella Duo was founded by Max Elliott and the noted local Baritone Mark Wharfedale in 2013. Since then, the duo has established a reputation for performing ‘light-hearted’ music by local composers. Two recordings of the duo are available from Max’s website: http://tubamagna.wix.com/maximillianelliott
Max is an active member of the York and District Organists’ Association (YDOA) and is currently serving as its Vice President. Before this appointment, Max served as Editor of the association’s monthly journal The PipeLine for two-and-half years (producing twenty-nine editions in that time). For more information, a complete archive of The PipeLine can be found in the Members’ Area of the YDOA website: http://ydoa.co.uk/?page_id=998. Finally, in addition to his position as Vice President, Max also acts as Webmaster and Archivist for the YDOA.
As a soloist, Max is in great demand and he has an active recital career. Recent recitals have been given at St Giles’ Church, Pontefract; St Augustine’s Church, Edgbaston; The Coffee House, Everingham (Residence of John Scott Whiteley); St Mary’s Church, Thirsk; St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa; Christ Church, Woodford and several churches in York, including: All Saints’ Church, North Street; All Saints’ Church, Pavement; Central Methodist Church; Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate; St Columba’s URC; St Helen’s Church and St Martin’s Church, Coney Street. Max has received tuition from David Pipe (York Minster) on organ performance and has been a participant in both the 2014 and 2015 Yorkshire Organ Day masterclasses with John Scott Whiteley and Gordon Stewart.