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Cellier, Alfred

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Cellier, Alfred, English conductor and composer; b. London, Dec. 1, 1844; d. there, Dec. 28, 1891. He was a chorister at London’s Chapel Royal and a student of Thomas Helmore. After working as a church and concert organist, he went to Belfast in 1866 as conductor of the Phil. He had his first success as a composer with his operetta Charity Begins at Home (London, Feb. 7, 1872). Following a period as music director at London’s Court Theatre, he held that position at Manchester’s Prince’s Theatre (1871–75), where he brought out his successful comic opera The Sultan of Mocha (Nov. 16, 1874). Returning to London, he composed for various theaters and in 1877 he became a conductor at the Opéra Comique. From 1878 he conducted Richard D’Oyley Carte’s company in performances throughout England, the U.S., and Australia. His own success as a composer culminated in his comic opera Dorothy (London, Sept. 25, 1886), which scored the longest run on the 19 th century British musical stage. Its song Queen of My Heart was the popular favorite for years.

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