Jane Ellen

Jane Ellen

New Mexico

Jane Ellen is an active composer, performer, and recording artist, currently living in the southwestern US. Her newest CD, ‘Following My Heart’ (2009), completes the trilogy which began in 2004 with her first album, ‘From My Heart’, followed by ‘Seasons of the Heart’ in 2006. In 2007 she released ‘Flowers in Winter’, a holiday themed CD.

Jane has received 20 consecutive annual awards from ASCAP; she has also won several national competitions. Commissioned by numerous performers and ensembles over the years, she is perhaps proudest to have received a commission from the Canossian Daughters of Charity, FdCC, for a hymn on the occasion of the canonisation of St Josephine Bakhita in Rome, in 2000. This piece, ‘Lead Us to Christ Jesus’, is currently being performed around the world in three languages. Her catalogue to date includes works for chamber ensemble, solo instruments, choir and keyboard, and educational works.

Passionate about theatre, Jane has collaborated with playwrights Christina Hamlett and Kathleen Matthews on several projects, and works frequently in collaboration with lyricist Claire Roth. In 2008 she composed a piece for the soundtrack to the German film ‘Ekkelins Knecht’; she previously wrote the theme for the documentary ‘The Man Who Lost the Civil War’ while musical selections from her first two CDs were used as the soundtrack for radio productions written and produced in London, England by Chris Dale.

An avid history buff, Jane is a popular lecturer who spends much of her time researching and presenting programs on many of her favourite topics. When not engaged in musical pursuits or giving lectures, she enjoys classic mystery novels, following the cricket, and watching new and old ‘Doctor Who’.

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