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ELLEN WILLIAMS

SOPRANO SONGSTRESS

THE GUARDIAN
"Poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm"

THE TIMES
A vocalist of "heart-piercing sweetness"

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
"Soaring top notes from Ellen Williams"

CLASSICAL EXPLORER

"She sings with heartfelt sincerity, her voice a continual joy to listen to"

Classical soprano Ellen Williams is taking the classical music industry by storm with No 1 Classical Charts release, hundreds of thousands of loyal fans across the world, hundreds of thousands of music streams, and MILLIONS of video views.

Her rendition of the Classical Crossover favourite "Time To Say Goodbye" made popular by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, was released by popular demand after receiving over 8 MILLION views across social media during the first few days of posting.

 

Ellen's albums are sold and streamed regularly across 6 continents. Featured on BBC and Scala Radio, Ellen's music draws a wide audience of film music and classical fans ready to experience cinematic and classical favourites in a new light.

Described in THE TIMES as a vocalist of "heart piercing sweetness", and praised in THE GUARDIAN for her "poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm" - CLASSICAL EXPLORER wrote "She sings with heartfelt sincerity, her voice a continual joy to listen to". 

Ellen has performed on international stages and in prestigious UK concert venues including Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, St David's Hall, for King Charles III in Buckingham Palace, and as the Anthem soloist in the Principality Stadium. She has also sung under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins and was honoured to perform at the wedding of Sir Bryn Terfel and royal harpist Hannah Stone. 

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August 31st 2024

With Ellen performing her favourite releases from the world of Cinema, Silver Screen Serenades is sure to delight audiences in this magical woodland theatre

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Showreel for Award-Winning Soprano, ELLEN WILLIAMS
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Showreel for Award-Winning Soprano, ELLEN WILLIAMS

Hi everyone, For those who may not know me or are new here I thought I’d introduce myself a little! Hopefully I convince you to stick around, and look forward to sharing new music with you very soon! ☺️✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m a classical singer from Wales, I grew up singing the hymns and arias and folk songs of Wales, and after being given Hayley Westenra’s album as a Christmas present one year as a child, set a goal to pursue a career in singing! I studied opera and sang many lead roles, but when the pandemic hit and performances were put on pause, returned to a life-long love of film music, and that’s where I find myself today… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My EP “Cinema”, which includes new epic classical arrangements of Now We Are Free from Gladiator, the James Bond theme No Time To Die, as well as songs from Lord Of The Rings and Cinema Paradiso, has been streamed and shipped across the world with millions of video views and hundreds of thousands of plays. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After that I was excited to release a Christmas album full of festive favourites and one or two lesser-known gems called “A Christmas Wish”, and of course my latest album “INSPIRE” packed with beautiful hymns and inspirational sporting anthems! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m excited to say there’ll be new music on the way very soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you! ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #classicalsinger #epicclassical #classicalcrossover #filmmusic #soprano
Ellen Williams, Calon Lân (A Pure Heart)
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Ellen Williams, Calon Lân (A Pure Heart)

I'm so proud to have recorded my own rendition of this beautiful and powerful Welsh hymn, and hope you enjoy listening. Here's a look into the recording process in the studio with footage from one of my favourite spots to walk, especially when the sunset is as magnificent as this! Ellen's rendition of Calon Lân is available to stream and download from digital platforms, click on the links below to listen on Spotify and iTunes. Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/47jXm2GzeE1agZx3SCwdf4?si=F8ZLlDo2QpuRgOpCXrg2SA iTunes: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/calon-l%C3%A2n-single/1611124046 #calonlan #classicalsinger #wales Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus, Aur y byd na'I berlau mân: Gofyn wyf am galon hapus, Calon onest, calon lân. Calon lân yn llawn daioni, Tecach yw na'r lili dlos Dim ond calon lân all ganu Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos. Pe dymunwn olud bydol, Chwim adennydd iddo sydd, Golud calon lân, rinweddol, Yn dwyn bythol elw fydd. Calon lân yn llawn daioni, Tecach yw na'r lili dlos Dim ond calon lân all ganu Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos. Hwyr a bore fy nymuniad Esgyn ar adennydd cân Ar I Dduw, er mwyn fy Ngheidwad, Roddi i mi galon lân. Calon lân yn llawn daioni, Tecach yw na'r lili dlos Dim ond calon lân all ganu Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos. English translation from FelinFach: I don't ask for a luxurious life the world's gold or its fine pearls, I ask for a happy heart, an honest heart, a pure heart. A pure heart full of goodness Is fairer than the pretty lily, None but a pure heart can sing, Sing in the day and sing in the night. If I wished for worldly wealth, It would swiftly go to seed; The riches of a virtuous, pure heart Will bear eternal profit. (Chorus) Evening and morning, my wish Rising to heaven on the wing of song For God, for the sake of my Saviour, To give me a pure heart. Spanish translation sung in Patagonia: Yo no pido vida ociosa, Perlas ni un galardón: Pido un corazón alegre, Un honesto corazón. Calon lân yn llawn daioni, Tecach yw na'r lili dlos: Dim ond calon lân all ganu Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos. Si quisiera la riqueza, Pronto pierde su valor; Más un corazón bien limpio, Cada día es mejor. (Chorus) Mi plegaria día y noche, La elevo al Señor, Solo pido al Dios clemente, Un honesto corazón. (Chorus)
Biography

Biography

Welsh soprano Ellen Williams tops the Classical Charts as her music is heard by millions. Her rendition of the Classical Crossover favourite "Time To Say Goodbye" was released by popular demand at the end of 2023 after being viewed over 8 million times across social media within the first few days of posting, and is a taster of what's to come as Ellen continues to work on an exciting album of concert favourites due for release this year. Praised for her “poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm” THE GUARDIAN, and described as singing “with heart-piercing sweetness” in THE TIMES, Ellen has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, for King Charles III in Buckingham Palace, and as the anthem soloist in the Principality Stadium for the first ever British Grand-Prix in the World Supercross Championship. Ellen has sung under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins, and was honoured to sing at the wedding of Sir Bryn Terfel and royal harpist Hannah Stone performing with Grammy award-winning Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau. 

 

Ellen’s music releases are listened to across 6 continents, her voice is featured on award-winning international film soundtracks, and her music videos have been viewed by millions. Ellen was recently presented with a prestigious award in Rome for her achievements in music as a result of working with Multi-Award Winning composer Marco Werba, co-writing and performing the title song for the film The Island Of Forgiveness. The award ceremony "Storie di Donne, Eccellenze in Rosa" was covered extensively in the Italian press. Ellen has been a featured artist on BBC and Scala Radio and has been a regular contributor to Welsh television and media since her early singing successes in the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Ellen continues to work with Multi-Grammy nominated producer Chris Craker, and so far their discography together includes Cinema, a collection of filmscore greats all given a classical flair including songs from James Bond, Gladiator and The Lord Of The Rings, her Christmas album, A Christmas Wish which includes both traditional carols and classical arrangements of festive favourites, and her album Inspire, a collection of rousing sporting anthems and inspirational hymns including Amazing Grace, Calon Lân, You'll Never Walk Alone, and Abide With Me.

 All of Ellen's albums are available to purchase on CD here, or can be downloaded and streamed on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.

On a more personal note, Ellen found singing from an early age having been taught many Welsh folk songs and the hymns and arias of Wales by her grandmother. Ellen's mother is a renowned concert harpist and so music was always in the family home growing up. Ellen was encouraged to compete in Welsh Eisteddfodau and had much success winning the Oratorio solo 3 consecutive years as well as being awarded first prizes in classical song and folk singing. After a love of language and culture took Ellen to study Spanish and French at the University of Exeter, Ellen went to train her voice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she completed an MA in Vocal Performance and a further MA in Opera Performance studying with acclaimed Irish soprano Suzanne Murphy. Ellen performed many leading roles during her studies, Semele in Handel's Semele, Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff under the baton of Maestro Carlo Rizzi, and Susannah in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to name a few. On graduating, a particular highlight was joining the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company as leading lady playing Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Aline in The Sorcerer. Ellen has performed numerous times with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, and particular highlights include singing in the final of the Welsh Singers Showcase and in a Masterclass with Grammy award-winning soprano Sami Jo for the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World. Ellen was also delighted singing Vera Lynn songs in the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Concert, and has enjoyed Oratorio performances singing the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah in St David's Hall, Haydn's Creation in Brangwyn Hall, and Orff's Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral. Ellen's lifelong love of film music as well as having always been influenced by her folk and Celtic routes, has more recently led her to explore recording and releasing classical arrangements of filmscore greats and Classical Crossover favourites, and 2024 sees the start of an exciting new songwriting venture. 

We hope you continue to visit the website from time to time, and keep up to date with Ellen's new releases and concert announcements here and across social media.

"A voice that can soothe an aching heart, comfort a troubled soul & mend a broken spirit."
"I put "Danny Boy" on my cell phone to wake me up every morning! I listen to your voice Every Single Day"
"A World Class Soprano!"
"America needs to hear your voice Ellen. Listening to you sing is a grand experience!"
"As long as you will continue to spoil us with your gorgeous voice and your captivating videos I will always be looking forward to tomorrow. Thank you, dear Ellen Williams, for all the beautiful music." 
"Exudes beauty and class in all respects."

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