Errollyn Wallen MBE

Composer

Errollyn is an internationally renowned composer and performer. Her prolific output includes seventeen operas to date and awards include the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music, British Composer Award and a FIPA D’Or for Best Music for a Television Series.

Errollyn composed two large scale works for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games for London 2012. Errollyn founded her own Orchestra X whose latest orchestral album ‘PHOTOGRAPHY’ was voted Top Ten Classical Albums by USA’s National Public Radio.

Her Concerto Grosso (to be released on the NMC label) received its US première in September 2018 in Los Angeles by Southeast Symphony with Errollyn as pianist and ‘NNENNA’, a new work for Chineke! was commissioned by Cambridge Music Festival for performance in November 2018 and was recently performed in New York and will receive its London première at Wigmore Hall on 21st June.

Errollyn’s albums (ERROLLYN, The Girl in My Alphabet, Meet Me at Harold Moores) have travelled 7.84 million kilometres in space, completing 186 orbits around the Earth on NASA’s STS115 mission.

Errollyn was awarded the MBE in 2007 for services to music and in 2015 was inaugurated Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, in recognition of her distinguished contribution to scholarship in the field of British contemporary music and her exceptional achievements as a composer. In 2017 Errollyn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from York St. John’s University and was named BBC’s 100 Women 2018 and London University’s 150 Leading Women.

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