Toby Ellis Music

Toby was drumming from the age of 11, instantly falling for the art and going on to play as part of large percussion groups at local music tuition centres (2008-2013); performing funk and jazz standards with big band orchestras, pit band theatre ensembles and smaller rock and jazz groups in and across the UK and France (2013-2015). His inspiration to start taking composing music professionally in the Film, Television, Video Game industry came at the age of 16 whilst studying music theory & production at Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education in his home county of Norfolk which he received with Triple Distinction and Norfolk County Scholars (2015). His continuing four years at University studying his BSc (First Class Hons.) & MSc (Distinction) gave him the opportunity to collaborate with many shining creative media groups and independent artists in a diverse range of practical and technical disciplines. Writing music on award winning films and games of a diverse range and calibre. He since has established close relationships with clients after graduating, developed good interpersonal skills and adapted effectively to a flexible managing creative formula and strong business ethic towards his title of composer and sound designer for multimedia. 

Toby is a UK-based Composer, Producer, Drummer and Sound Designer, best known for his music for Award Winning Short Animated Film & Video Games. He has established over five years of experience working professionally within film and interactive multimedia, earning proven successes on over thirty creative projects in a diverse range of multimedia disciplines including Festival Animated Shorts, Student Dramas, Graduate Documentaries, Action Adventure Movies & Linear and Interactive Video Games, TV Adverts & Placements.

Recently, he began composing music and creating sound design interactively as an in-house creative at G-Games (2021) and composed music for his first Worldwide Documentary TV Album 'War Stories' with Universal Studios Production Music UK (2020) gaining sound credits on BBC One, Disney ABC Family & VTM. He also works as a freelance audio lead on collaborative independent industry projects including games, festival film and animation respectively. Most recently winning for the popularity vote for best game two years running at the annual Global Game Jam Online with Astraeology (NUA, 2021), Lancaster (NUA, 2020) and writing the original score to the Award Winning Short film Imaginary (2020) by Megan Ryan.

Toby’s signature style uses rich, emotional and cinematic orchestration in combination with a strong use of technology and production. Originally coming from a band, world & electronic music background before discovering a passion for orchestral scores and symphony, his combined creative and technical skillset and broad influence from a diverse range of musical styles are fluidly apparent in his work.


His passion is building captivating audio assets; and building the expression of the characters in emotional forms of a scene. Achieved through connections of a variety of educated and experimental audio-visual sync techniques, original interactive cues and gameplay aspects for music and sound in media. 

University of Hertfordshire, Graduate Scholarship - First Class Honours (2018)

Norfolk County Children's Services, Norfolk County Scholarship - (2016) 
Distinction, MSc Music & Sound for Film and Games, University of Hertfordshire

First Class Honours, BSc Music Composition and Technology for Film & Games, University of Hertfordshire
"Toby is excellent to work with and his skills as a composer are high grade. He brought enthusiasm, ideas and energy to the project since day one. Without his creativity we wouldn't have such superb music. Throughout the process he was professional, punctual and eager. I couldn't recommend him more!"

In 2015, Toby completed a Charity World Record Attempt for the 'Longest Drumming Marathon Completed By A Team'! Himself along with 7 others set the record at 72 consecutive hours of drumming. Please take a visit the Mad As A Drummer Webpage by clicking the logo above for more information of our cause and the event. 

Toby has an early learning and teaching background in mentoring selections of school and band percussionists from the age of 11-16 in secondary sch. and for the workshop band K-OS LIVE based at J.D.T. Music Academy. As a band member for 3 years Toby was part of on their European Tour in Spring 2015 playing in front of over 40,000 audience members at peak times at the Disneyland Paris Park & Resort.


He has performed as part of Norwich Indie/Rock and Soul/Jazz based groups Urban Calamity, Lakeside View Apartments Suite; and in many musical theatre company pit bands including Platform Theatre Norwich's unique production of 'The Witches Of Eastwick', Norwich Young Peoples Theatre, Dereham Theatre Company and Voices mixed vocal group.


Organisations & Education

Toby is an active member of the Ivors Academy (BASCA) community, Wildlife Film Network and has worked closely for over three years on award winning films alongside some of the most promising minds in visual effects and animation at the number one visual effects school in the UK (7th Best Visual Effects School in the World, Rookies World School Rankings®)University of Hertfordshire. He earned his First Class Honours Degree with graduate scholarship and Distinction Postgraduate qualification in Hertfordshire, where he studied film and games works for three years under Into Light (2015) & Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (2017) games composer Steven Coltart. 

His 6 years of significant demonstrative working practice culminating in a wide variety of disciplines to name a few: Interactive Games Composer & Sound Designer (G-Games, 2021), Original TV Music Composition (Universal, 2020), Live Stage Sound for Band/Orchestra Trainee (Theatre Royal Norwich, 2020), Event Performance & Management (Platform & Maddermarket Theatre, UH Big Swing Band, 2015, 2019) Music Supervision & Post Production Sound Editing Intern (BBC, 2017) clearly promoting his undeniable passion for in house technical project roles; as much as harvesting stories and bespoke audio visual storytelling on a colourful collection industry projects. Toby's work reflects wholeheartedly on his passion for music-telling, creating and curating bespoke immersive and exciting new experiences for visual storytelling across all multitude of genres, global multimedia platforms and subject matters. 

Cubase 10, Logic Pro X, Avid Pro Tools 12, Reaper 6

Wwise, FMOD, Elias Adaptive Music Engine

Unreal Engine, Unity C# & CodeAcademy C++ Certificate

Windows 10 Desktop, Apple MacBook Pro.
Contemporary: Steven Coltart, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Baroque & Classical: Dave Smith, Amanda Paley-Mensies, Timothy Blinko, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Jazz & Vocals: Matt Hodges, Laura Hodges, Norwich City College of Further & Higher Education, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Drums/Percussion: Aaron Housego, Janel Spalding, JDT Music Academy: Community Music Centre, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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