John Ansell (26 March 1874, London – 14 December 1948, Marlow-on-Thames, England) was a British composer and conductor.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music, he played violin in several London orchestras. He was appointed musical director of the Playhouse there in 1907. During his six-year tenure, he wrote incidental music to plays produced there. From 1913-1920, he was musical direct at the Alhambra and later occupied a similar position at the Winter Garden Theatre. From 1926-1930, he work for the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Ansell wrote incidental music to the Young Victors, Rip Van Winkle and The King’s Bride. He also is remembered for several other works, including Three Irish Pictures, Three Irish Dances and Plymouth Hoe Overture.
Works for Winds
- Danses miniatures de ballet (arr. Duthoit) (1905/1960)
- Plymouth Hoe (1914)
- Shoe Dance Suite, The
- Three Irish Dances
- Three Irish Pictures
- Classical Music on the Web
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "John Ansell." Accessed 17 March 2015.
- John Ansell, Wikipedia. Accessed 1 October 2020