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date: 24 January 2020

Cellier, Alfredlocked

  • E.D. Mackerness


(b London, Dec 1, 1844; d London, Dec 28, 1891). English organist, conductor and theatrical composer. The son of a teacher of French in Hackney, he was a chorister at the Chapel Royal under Thomas Helmore at the same time as Arthur Sullivan. When his voice broke he studied the organ and in 1862 became organist at All Saints, Blackheath. From there he moved to Belfast, succeeding E.T. Chipp as organist at the Ulster Hall and acting as director of the Belfast Philharmonic Society. In 1868 he returned to London to be organist at St Alban's, Holborn; but like Sullivan, Cellier aspired to become a theatrical composer rather than an ecclesiastical musician, and one of his early productions was written for the German Reeds' Gallery of Illustration entertainment, Charity Begins at Home (1872). The previous year Cellier had been appointed first musical director of the Court Theatre (London), going from there to the Prince's Theatre, Manchester (...

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