Alfred Cellier

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Alfred Cellier (1 December 1844 – 28 December 1891) was an English composer, orchestrator and conductor.

In addition to conducting and music directing the original productions of several of the most famous Gilbert and Sullivan works and writing the overtures to some of them, Cellier conducted at many theatres in London, New York and on tour in Britain, America and Australia. He composed over a dozen operas and other works for the theatre, as well as for orchestra, but his 1886 comic opera, Dorothy, was by far his most successful work. It became the longest-running piece of musical theatre in the nineteenth century.


Cellier was born at Hackney, in London. His parents were Arsène Cellier from France, a professor of languages at Hackney grammar school, and his wife Mary Ann. He was educated at the grammar school in Hackney. From 1855 to 1860, he was a chorister at the Chapel Royal, St. James's, under the Rev. Thomas Helmore, where Arthur Sullivan was one of his schoolmates.Edwards, F. G., rev. James J. Nott Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 9 Oct 2008, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4989 Cellier's brother, François, also became a conductor.

Early career

Cellier's first appointments were as organist at All Saints' Church, Blackheath and as conductor...
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