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Celia Sheen is a professional violinist who began studying the theremin twelve years ago. The theremin was the world’s first electronic instrument, pre-dating the modern synthesizer by about fifty years. Invented by a Russian scientist, Professor Leon Theremin, it first appeared in 1920, slightly preceding the Ondes Martenot. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that it is played without actually being touched! Two antenna, left and right of the instrument, towards which the player moves his or her hands, control its electrical circuits. The closer the right hand to the antenna the higher the pitch, with a similar arrangement pertaining to volume controlled by the left hand. It has a range of approximately seven octaves, going right down to zero, and can be used to create all kinds of strange effects.

As a thereminist she is perhaps best known for her performances on the soundtrack of the television series Midsomer Murders. The twelfth series of these two-hour murder-mystery films is currently in production, and Celia is featured on the CD of the series, playing both theremin and violin. Other recent performances include a live broadcast of The Bride of Frankenstein with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, both theremin parts on a Varese Sarabande CD of Bernard Herrmann’s score for The Day the Earth Stood Still, and performances of Neil Brand’s original score for Der Golem in Manchester, Leeds, and at the NFT. Celia’s TV recording of Brand’s score for the silent film The Cat and the Canary also led to a live performance of the film in Italy. She has recorded the concerto from Spellbound twice, once with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and again with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, for radio, TV, and CD release, and broadcast the piece yet again with the BBC Concert Orchestra for ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’.

More recently she made the first recording of the entire movie score of Spellbound with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the CD of which was released in 2007. Celia has also performed with British jazz trumpeter Guy Barker and his band at the Barbican, the Brecon Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and the Scarborough Jazz Festival.

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