Topping the Official Classical Charts, Welsh soprano Ellen Williams has been praised for her “poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm” (The Guardian), and has been described as singing “with heart-piercing sweetness” in The Times. Ellen has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, the Brangwyn Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre and St. David’s Hall where she was a finalist in the Welsh Singers Showcase in 2018 and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
2020 saw Ellen release her debut single Dancing with the Angels, which entered the Official iTunes Classical Charts at Number 1 on its day of release in December. A new arrangement of traditional Welsh folk song Suo Gân, this was a collaboration with BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Mark Thomas, and Ellen was delighted to record a Welsh language translation of the piece in a music video produced by Tinopolis Television Company and broadcast on S4C. 2020 also saw many virtual concerts take the place of postponed performances, and Ellen was delighted to perform in concerts for Sarcoma UK alongside Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Arnold, and classical brothers Wynne Evans and Mark Llewelyn Evans, in concert for
American Magazine Classical Crossover Magazine, in an evening of classical and crossover favourites broadcast from Argentina, and a Christmas spectacular organised by Citizens of Song broadcast globally from Columbia with performances from Alfie Boe and Chris de Burgh.
In concert Ellen has appeared as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem and in excerpts from Handel's Messiah in St David's Hall, in Haydn’s Creation in the Brangwyn Hall, in Orff's Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partington and in St Mary in the Castle in Hastings, and in Bach's Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio in Llandaff Cathedral. Ellen has performed in many UK classical music festivals including the ‘Winning Professionals’ recital at Fishguard International Music Festival, the Young Artist's Recital in Cowbridge Music Festival, the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance concert in St. David’s Hall, and as The Minstrel in the Welsh premiere of The Bards of Wales conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins performed in the opening ceremony of the National Eisteddfod of Wales. In opera, Ellen was contracted by the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in 2018 for performances in the International Gilbert &Sullivan Festival in The Harrogate Royal Hall, in Buxton Opera House and theatres across the country on their UK tour cast as Aline in The Sorcerer, Plaintiff in Trial by Jury and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, where her waltz aria was “superbly sung with soaring top notes” (Seen and Heard International). Ellen returned to the company in 2019 to sing the roles of Yum-Yum in The Mikado and to reprise Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Further operatic roles have included the title role in Handel's Semele with Mid Wales Opera “sang with both grace and agility” (Seen and Heard International), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at the COSI Opera Festival in Italy conducted by Leslie Dala of the Canadian Opera Company, First Niece (Peter Grimes, Britten) in the Dartington International Summer Festival conducted by Sian Edwards, Lady Harriet (Martha, Flotow) for Burry Port Opera, Valletto/Fortuna (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), and chorus engagements have included Oliver Mears’ Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky with Scottish Opera. Ellen completed her Masters in Opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017 where she studied with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock, and during her studies was awarded the Aneurin Davies Memorial Prize and the Elias Soprano Prize and was fortunate to sing the role of Nannetta (Falstaff, Verdi) conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Barbarina and cover Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Emmie (Albert Herring, Britten), Cinderella in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss) and Lakmé, (Lakmé Delibes) in gala concert with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Further highlights include singing the role of Nannetta in excerpts from Verdi’s Falstaff in a celebratory concert for HRH the Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace, performing Baroque favourites with Rachel Podger in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and taking part in a masterclass with Sumi Jo as part of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Ellen appears regularly on Welsh television and was delighted to perform as one of the "10 Divas" in S4C music special with 10 of Wales' most prominent sopranos performing in Venue Cymru. Another highlight was filming Carolau o Landudno in Venue Cymru in 2014 with Rhydian Roberts after appearing as his support artist on the "One Day Like This" UK Tour, which coincided with the release of Skylark on Sain Records.