Category talk:Orellana, Ignatius de

Brief biography

(The Edition Silvertrust page under Recordings also contains some material.)
(b St Helier, Jersey, c1860; d London, 19 March 1931). British conductor and orchestrator. He conducted and orchestrated many musical theatre scores of the Edwardian era, most particularly Miss Hook of Holland and other scores of Paul A. Rubens at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Eric Coates, who performed under him as a deputy, described his ‘remarkable sense of theatre’ and orchestrations ‘delicately finished and always in good taste … never [interfering] with a composer’s harmonic progressions’. His later work included orchestrations for Porter’s Wake Up and Dream (1929), Coward’s Bitter Sweet (1929) and Berners’s Luna Park (1930), and he was also musical director for Fraser-Simson’s Toad of Toad Hall (1929). Appears on scores as J A or I A de Orellana. (first and last sentences - Schissel; remainder by KGill)