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date: 16 October 2019

Ellis, Osian (Gwynn)locked

  • Ann Griffiths

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(Gwynn)

(b Ffynnongroew, Flintshire, Feb 8, 1928). Welsh harpist and composer. He studied at the RAM with Gwendolen Mason, whom he succeeded as professor in 1959, remaining in the post until his retirement in 1989. He has had an illustrious career as a recitalist, in chamber music and as an orchestral harpist. His compatriot Alun Hoddinott wrote him a concerto for the Cheltenham Festival of 1957, and an early recording of Handel harp concertos with Thurston Dart won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1959. Significant recordings from the 1960s include French chamber works with the Melos Ensemble (1962) and the Glier Harp Concerto (1969). William Mathias's Harp Concerto was commissioned by him for the Llandaff Festival of 1970. Other composers who have written concertos for him include Jørgen Jersild (1972), William Alwyn (1979) and Robin Holloway (1985), while Menotti, William Schuman and others have written chamber works for him....

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