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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Anna Maria McElwain
    Brief Biography From official website Anna Maria McElwain (1973) is a Finnish-born musician who started piano and violin lessons at the age of six. Her first teachers include Tytti Rouhe and Marjat...
  • Robert Augustine Irving (1913 - 1991)
    ) Robert Augustine Irving, DFC*, (28 August 1913 – 13 September 1991) was a British conductor whose reputation was mainly as a ballet conductor. Born in Winchester, England, the son of mountaineer ...
  • Thomas Oliphant (1799 - 1873)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Apr 1 2016, 13:00:55 UTC ) Thomas Oliphant (1799–1873) was a Scottish musician, artist and author whose works were well known in their day. He wro...
  • John Linton Gardner, CBE (1917 - 2011)
    ) John Linton Gardner, CBE (2 March 1917 – 12 December 2011) was an English composer of classical music. Biography Gardner was born in Manchester, England and brought up in Ilfracombe, North Devo...
  • Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788)
    Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesle...

A musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who is talented in making music or performing music creatively, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music, particularly instrumental music.

Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician's possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.

A composer (Latin com+ponere, literally "one who puts together") is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance.

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. A smaller-sized orchestra, about fifty musicians or fewer, may be called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra, with about 100 musicians, may sometimes be called asymphony orchestra or philharmonic orchestra."

In modern times, the musicians are usually directed by a conductor, although early orchestras did not have one, giving this role instead to the concertmaster or the harpsichordist playing the continuo.

Did you have a musical ancestor? Please add your ancestor to this project. Famous or not, musicians have had a great deal of influence in our lives, so let's recognize them here.