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Osian Ellis


Osian Ellis is really a former primary harpist for the London Symphony Orchestra, and he’s probably happy about this. The Welshman once referred to his own private perspective as “philosophical” and indicated a symphony harpist needed to be this way, since a great deal of his / her period is spent seated in the wings. Whenever a single feature is in fact offered, it really is most often in another of exactly the same half-dozen repertoire items, like the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt, which comes filled with a demonic rave-up of the harp cadenza in the finale. Yes, this piece is really a niche of Ellis’, but this performer’s assorted passions and deep respect for his instrument’s legacy possess led to a profession that has contains much more than simply waiting for an opportunity to play. He was connected carefully with Benjamin Britten, but has generated a repertoire that exercises back to middle ages United kingdom and Spanish music along with the traditional harp music of Wales. His stick with the London Symphony started in 1961, soon after he 1st started his participation with Britten. He was an innovative participant during his LSO times, and was actually recognized to toss in his personal solos while carrying out using the orchestra. Britten’s Collection for Harp was made up in 1969 after Ellis asked the composer to get a single piece, and was premiered throughout that year’s Aldeburgh Event. Ellis toured thoroughly in the us and European countries with tenor Sir Peter Pears from 1973 to 1980, prompting excited composers to post songs towards the duo. That included Britten, who developed Canticle V as well as the Birthday Hansel during this time period, the second option piece a particular request through the queen. Following this Ellis begun to be known as “the queen’s harpist.” Ellis and Britten also collaborated carefully over the 1976 Eight Folk Melody Agreements, with Ellis creating virtuoso harp accompaniment in addition to British lyrics for Welsh text message. Ellis is a continuous champ of his device, performing multi-harp workshops and leading the Osian Ellis Harp Outfit. In 1999 he executed a 12-harp ensemble at a particular concert for the Florida International Celebration, where he was photographed exercising harp over the seaside. He in addition has had compositions created for him by Menotti, William Schuman, William Mathias, and Alun Hoddinott. He often performs excerpts in the harp compositions by Danish composer Jorgan Jersild, a lot of which focus on Ellis. Once the Melos Outfit was produced in London in the past due 1960s, Ellis was an all natural choice to be harpist. The ensemble contains in regards to a dozen music artists and was focused on performing the frequently neglected repertoire for prolonged chamber ensemble, regarding the harp resulting in the impressionist masterpieces of Ravel and Debussy. Ellis in addition has had an excellent academic career. He’s a former teacher of harp in the Royal Academy of Music and in 2000 was produced an Honorary Fellow from the College or university of Wales. His brief book THE ANNALS from the Harp in Wales was released from the College or university of Wales Press. He continues to be the main topic of many full size documentaries made by United kingdom and Welsh tv, the second option filmed when he was simply beginning his profession.

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Full Name Osian Ellis
Education Royal Academy of Music
Music Groups Melos Ensemble
Music Songs Introduction & Allegro, Pedoli, Hel Straeon, Lord! I Married Me a Wife, Gwenni Aeth I Ffair Pwllheli, Leusa Lan, She's Like the Swallow, Lemady, Glinka: Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125 'Carnival of the Animals': XIII. Le Cygne, Glière: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op.74 - 1. Allegro moderato, Britten: A Birthday Hansel, Op.89, Tit for Tat: No. 2, Autumn, Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda : Hymn of the Travellers, Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane, Tit for Tat: No. 4, Vigil, Tit for Tat: No. 1, A Song of Enchantment, A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 : Interlude, J.S. Bach: Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997 - 4. Gigue & Double, Tit for Tat: No. 3, Silver, Roussel: Impromptu, Op.21, Glière: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op.74 - 3. Allegro giocoso, Handel: Sonata in E major - 1. Adagio, Trabaci: Toccata seconda, Two Insect Pieces: No. 1, The Grasshopper, Handel: Sonata in E major - 3. Largo - Allegro, From Eight Folk Song Arrangements: No. 3, Bird Scarer's Song, From Eight Folk Song Arrangements: No. 2, David of the White Rock, Parry: Sonata in D major - 1. Allegro, Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda - translated from the Sanskrit by Gustav Holst - Hymn To The Waters, Suite for Harp, Op. 83, J.S. Bach: Gavotte en rondeau
Albums Songs With Harp, 17th & 18th-Century Harp Music, Bruch: Concerto no. 1 / Scottish Fantasy / Vieuxtemps: Concerto no. 5, Handel: Concerto for Harp and Lute No. 6 in B flat, Op.4 - Concerto for Harp No. 5 in F, Op.4 - Concerto Grosso in C "Alexander's Feast" (Remastered), 19th and 20th-Century Harp Music, Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Concerto for Flute and Harp, Jersild: Vocal and Instrumental Works, Handel: Lute and Harp Concerto in B-flat major, Etc., Clymau Cytgerdd / Diversions, Clarinet Concerto / Flute and Harp Concerto, Handel: Concerto grosso, HWV 318 & Concertos pour harpe, HWV 293 - 294 (Mono Version), Harp Concertos, Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano / Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano / Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp / Ravel: Introduction and Allegro, Holst: Savitri, Op. 25 & Choral Hymns [From the Rig Verda [3rd Group], Op. 26, No. 3, Wind Concerti, In dulci jubilo: Music for Advent & Christmas

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How Green Was My Valley TV Mini-Series composer - 6 episodes, 1975 - 1976 performer - 6 episodes, 1975 - 1976
Buried Treasure 1954 TV Mini-Series harpist



The Ghost Sonata 1962 TV Movie



Full House 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Music at Harewood 1977 TV Series Himself - Music Performer
Aquarius 1976 TV Series documentary Himself
Hullabaloo 1968 TV Series Himself
Secombe and Friends 1959 TV Mini-Series Himself

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