Our music room is named The Errollyn Wallen Room after the award-winning composer and lyricist.
Errollyn Wallen was born in Belize in 1958. Her family moved to London in 1960m when she was two. Her music draws on a wide range of influences, including avant-garde classical music as well as popular songwriting. Her works include symphonies, ballets, operas and chamber music and have been performed in leading concert halls and theatres around the world. She founded her own Ensemble X, and its motto ’We don’t break down barriers in music… we don’t see any’reflects her genuine, free-spirited approach and eclectic musicianship.
Errollyn Wallen has won numerous awards, including the British Composers Award, and she was the recipient of the 2013 Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music, the first woman to receive this honour. Errollyn was awarded an MBE for her services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2007 and a CBE in the 2020 New Years Honors list.
Watch and listen to some of Errollyn Wallen’s music:
Mighty River – by Errollyn Wallen Mighty River is a piece by award winning composer Errollyn Wallen exploring themes of slavery and freedom that combines spirituals and contemporary classical techniques with her barrier-breaking Orchestra X. This film captures the performance at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the New Music Biennial in July 2017.