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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Derek Bell (musician)
Derek Bell (October 21, 1935 – October 17, 2002) was an Irish harpist and composer.
Derek Bell was born George Derek Fleetwood Bell in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Derek Bell was the only member of the band to wear a tie at every public performance.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Derek_Bell_(musician)   (746 words)

  Derek Bell - Biography - AOL Music
But it was in 1972 that Bell took on the most visible musical activity of his career, when he joined the line-up of the Irish folk group the Chieftains, just in time for the recording of their album Chieftains 4.
Bell's arrival -- which coincided with the decision by the Chieftains to become a full-time occuptation after years of semi-professional activity -- and his presence on harp, oboe, and dulcimer greatly extended the range of the group, which had acquired a large following in England and, during the mid-'70s, became an international phenomenon.
Bell's prominence was such that he became the focus and subject of several television shows in England, including Derek Bell's Concert Party for the BBC, in which he was featured playing ten instruments.
music.aol.com /artist/derek-bell/759/biography   (832 words)

 Derek Bell (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Derek Bell (October 21, 1935 - October 17, 2002) was an Irish harpist and composer.
Derek Bell was born George Derek Fleetwood Bell in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Derek Bell is remembered as Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena, as House Patron of Bell House
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Derek_Bell_(musician)   (764 words)

 Musician Encyclopedia Article @ TexanArtist.com (Texan Artist)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The concept of the musician and the status of the musician in society varies from culture to culture.
Professional musicians are paid musicians who use performing as their main source of income.
Many times a musician can be named according to his or her instrument (a violinist, for example, is one who plays violin.) The "-ist" suffix is most common, though not universal (e.g.
www.texanartist.com /encyclopedia/Musician   (580 words)

 The Scotsman - Obituaries - Derek Bell
DEREK Bell became Ireland’s best-known harpist, taking the sound of the harp all over the world as a member of Irish traditional music’s roving ambassadors, the Chieftains.
George Derek Fleetwood Bell was the son of a Belfast banker and amateur violinist, William Bell, and his wife, Shelagh.
Learning the piano, then oboe, Bell was soon regarded as a child prodigy, and went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and in Europe and the United States.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /obituaries.cfm?id=1163172002   (768 words)

 Derek Bell
Derek Fleetwood Bell was born October 21, 1935 in Belfast, Ireland.
Derek has appeared with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Moscow, Dublin, Liverpool, London and Budapest and was at one time a principle oboe, horn and piano player for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
Derek's composition "Three Images Of Ireland In Druid Times", written for Neo-Irish harp, strings and timpani, was premiered by Derek and the Boston College Chamber Orchestra in 1992 as part of the Boston Celtic Harp Festival.
members.shaw.ca /chieftains/derek.html   (1972 words)

 Derek Bell, Harpist of the Chieftains -- Rest in Peace
Derek Bell, the versatile harpist with the Chieftains, one of the most celebrated Irish traditional bands, died on Oct. 15 in his hotel in Phoenix.
Bell had remained in the United States after their latest concert for a routine medical checkup and minor surgery before returning to Ireland.
Bell did not add the harp to the instruments he played until the 1960's, when he was manager of the Belfast Symphony Orchestra and was recruited to tune its harp collection.
www.voy.com /87202/8/349.html   (375 words)

 Harfe - Harpe - Harp - Harpa - Arpa / Derek Bell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Harfe - Harpe - Harp - Harpa - Arpa / Derek Bell
Besides the harp, Derek is an accomplished musician on the oboe, horn, cor anglais, hammered dulcimer and keyboards.
Derek has appeared with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Moscow, London and Budapest and was at one time a principle oboe, cor anglais, oboe d’amore and piano player for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
www.harpa.com /derek-bell   (4152 words)

 The Chieftains
How Derek ended up with what was once referred to as "That tatty folk group", still remains one of the most enduring mysteries of traditional Irish music.
Included is the moving medley "Derek's Tune" composed by Chieftains founder Paddy Moloney as a fitting send-off for the late, lamented Derek Bell.
"Derek kind of drifted into the band back in 1972," Moloney remarks of the multi-faceted musician whose extraordinary talent and exuberant personality were Chieftain hallmarks for over thirty years.
www.irish.com /bio.html   (1118 words)

 Pollstar -- The Concert Hotwire
Derek Bell, longtime harpist with the traditional Irish group The Chieftains, died suddenly October 17 while in the U.S. He was 67.
Bell joined The Chieftains in 1972 after having spent time with the Northern Ireland BBC Orchestra and at a time when the band was breaking big in America.
Bell's harp added what some consider the final element of elegance to what started out as a casual pub group.
www.pollstar.com /news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=2145   (286 words)

 Music Preview: Chieftains' bluegrass has the Irish touch
Bell, whose sense of humor was as integral a part of the Chieftains' appeal as his skills on piano and harp, died in October in Phoenix while recovering from surgery.
They'll be joined in their tribute to Bell by local harpist Gretchen Von Housen, a "wonderful harper" they met through the Irish-American Harp Society.
In addition to honoring Bell, who'd been a Chieftain since '72, this tour marks the 40th anniversary of the group.
www.post-gazette.com /ae/20030305chief0305fnp2.asp   (791 words)

He first met Paddy Moloney when he was a member of the BBC Orchestra in 1972; he was a guest musician at their concerts for St-Patrick's day and the tribute to Turlough O' Carolan's life, then he took part to the recording of 'Chieftains 4 album".
He was a really gifted musician, with an exceptional ear for music.
Derek Bell was also a harp teacher at the Belfast Music Academy.
www.telennvruk.com /english/harpists/Halloffame/DEREKBELLUK.htm   (308 words)

 Amazon.com: Mystic Harp, Vol. 2: Music: Derek Bell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Derek Bell, harpist for the five-time Grammy award winning group The Chieftains, displays his unusual mastery in this critically acclaimed recording.
Bell is a fine performer, his Chieftans heritage ensures him a firm place in the annals of modern Celtic music.
Bell is an excellent musician and should feel ashamed for participating in this travesty.
www.amazon.com /Mystic-Harp-Vol-Derek-Bell/dp/B00000IAH2   (1070 words)

 Breaking News: Chieftans will miss Derek 'terribly'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
James Galway, a friend of Bell since they were students together at the Royal College of Music, said: “It’s a great tragedy.
Before joining The Chieftains, Bell appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Moscow, London, Budapest and the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra.
The accomplished musician played the harp and among other instruments, the oboe, horn, cor anglais and keyboards.
breaking.tcm.ie /2002/10/17/story72982.html   (308 words)

 Derek bell musician   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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www.chho.org /derek-bell-musician.html   (592 words)

 In Memoriam: Derek Bell
A Tribute to Derek: Video of Derek Bell during a live performance introducing, and performing, three songs—one by Carolan, and two by Swami Kriyananda.
In 1996, Derek recorded Mystic Harp, a solo harp album of mystical Celtic music that Swami Kriyananda composed expressly for Derek Bell's performance.
A third solo album, A Celtic Evening With Derek Bell as well as a video of the evening, was recorded from his Mountain View concert.
www.ananda.org /news/derek_bell.html   (684 words)

 FAME Review: The Chieftans - Live from Dublin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This is a live disc recorded in Dublin, Ireland, in December 2004, that is a tribute to Chieftan's former Harp player, Derek Bell, who died a couple of years prior to this recording.
Derek was a classically trained musician who was considered a genius by all, and a mad genius by many.
This is a live disc that is not marred by the extraneous noise that is often rampant; the sound is as crisp and clean as any studio disc.
www.acousticmusic.com /fame/p03162.htm   (338 words)

 Re: Passing of Derek Bell of Chieftains -- Alabama Celtic Association
In reply to: Paige 's message, "Passing of Derek Bell of Chieftains" on 15:51:34 10/17/02 Thu
Derek Bell R.I.P., was one of the finest harpers in Ireland.
Derek Bell was a great musician, and a true gentleman, and the world is a lesser place without him.
www.voy.com /72179/2/85.html   (197 words)

 The Chieftains on Tour / News
On Sunday, November 28, 2004, the Gradam Ceoil (Musician Of The Year) award was presented to The Chieftains' Sean Keane.
TG4, which is the equivalent of MTV in Ireland, named Matt their Traditional Musician Of The Year.
Derek has been with the Irish traditional music group for more than a quarter of a century, becoming a fulll-time member of The Chieftains in 1973.
members.shaw.ca /chieftains/doing.html   (484 words)

 CMT.com : The Chieftains : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Chieftains were first formed in Dublin during 1963, as a semi-professional outfit, from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland.
Bell's harp lent the group's sound a final degree of elegance and piquancy.
The latter have included a Christmas concert and a mixed-ensemble performance interweaving the group with orchestras, American folk and country musicians, and rock musicians, and an album (Irish Heartbeat, 1988) recorded with Irish-born R&B shouter Van Morrison.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/chieftains_the/bio.jhtml   (733 words)

 Eamonn Fitzgerald's Rainy Day: Derek Bell, RIP
The Belfast that Derek Bell was born into in 1935 shared few of the values of its 18th century elite, but its love of music remained and the child prodigy, who wrote his first concerto at 12, was rewardeded with scholarships and education, and later, employment with the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra.
The attraction of the ancient music grew, however, and in 1972 he joined The Chieftains, a group that had come together in Dublin in the late 50s while playing with Ceoltori Cualann, a folk orchestra led by Sean O Riada.
On and off stage, Derek Bell dressed in conservative suits and looked more like a mild-mannered banker than a celebrity musician.
www.eamonn.com /2002/10/derek_bell_rip.htm   (544 words)

 : The Chieftains : News
Another special guest on this 2006 tour was Jeff White, a well-known country-bluegrass musician who was highlighted on the Live From Dublin cd, and has been a wonderful addition to the group.
The Chieftains' current tour is in honor of the Derek Bell, a longtime member who died in 2002, and they've managed to fill that huge void with guest artists.
Derek Bell was a member of The Chieftains for over 30 years, who passed away after recording the group’s 2002 Grammy nominated album, Down The Old Plank Road.
www.thechieftains.com /news   (1688 words)

 RTE News - Taoiseach pays tribute to Chieftain Derek Bell
His fellow band-members said that his passing had left a silence that could never be filled and that anyone who had had the honour of meeting him would know that the world would be a much less interesting place without him.
As a classically trained musician, Derek had appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Moscow, London and Budapest.From 1965 until 1976, when he joined the Chieftains, he was solo harpist with the BBC Northern Ireland orchestra, having moved from the City of Belfast Orchestra, where he was solo english horn.
Besides recording with The Chieftains, Derek Bell recorded 18 solo albums, ten on harp and two on piano.
www.rte.ie /news2/2002/1017/chieftains.html   (325 words)

 RTE.ie Entertainment - Tribute paid to Bell by Taoiseach
The Taoiseach last night paid tribute to Derek Bell, the Chieftains musician who died suddenly in the United States while recovering from minor surgery.
Belfast-born Bell, who was 67, was a concert pianist and harpist.
Yesterday evening, Ahern said that Bell was a gifted musician who had helped the Chieftains to make traditional Irish music accessible to an international audience.
www.rte.ie /arts/2002/1018/belld.html   (85 words)

 Musician News @ Practised.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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www.practised.org /news   (303 words)

The last of the shows that I have for you this week is the end to the release tour for The Ringing Bell at Nashville’s Exit/In.
Okay, so I’ve got three Derek shows that I’ve taped but not released.
Somewhat contradicting himself, Josh says that the Ringing Bell is “…a stellar record…”, but also adds that, “…some of the lyrical content just doesn’t seem to mesh with the musical arrangement…”.
derekwebb.net   (1710 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro > Diane Bell -- DEREK BELL
Bell had remained in the United States after the latest concert for a routine medical checkup and minor surgery before returning to Ireland.
Bell, a virtuoso of the Celtic harp, played the piano and electric keyboard as well as the oboe, English horn and dulcimer.
The band, appearing as a quintet, was visiting the United States as part of its 40th anniversary tour.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/metro/bell/20021028-9999_1m28bell.html   (340 words)

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