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PEACE ON EARTH in Catalan on Boxing Day
TUESDAY 28 DECEMBER 2021
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth has been specially translated into Catalan for this festive occasion:

Orfeó Català (Pablo Larraz, principal conductor)
Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana (Xavier Puig, principal conductor)
Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català (Esteve Nabona, conductor)
Cor de Noies de l’Orfeó Català (Buia Reixach i Feixes, conductor)
Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català (Glòria Coma i Pedrals, conductor)
Cor Mitjans de l’Orfeó Català (Glòria Fernàndez, conductor)
Cor Petits de l’Orfeó Català (Mercè Pi, conductor)

Simon Halsey, artistic director of the choirs

PROGRAM

Tradicional Concert of Sant Esteve
The Boxing Day Concert is one of the oldest Christmas traditions in Europe. Started in 1913, it brings together all the ensembles in the Orfeó Català choral family. Recently, it has been customary to present a joint programme on the context of a given theme, which this year is peace around the world. As usual, there will be plenty of Christmas carol arrangements and premières by guest composers, such as Marc Timón.
COMPOSER OF THE WEEK on BBC Radio 3
MONDAY 3 JANUARY 2022
EPISODE 1 out of 5

Donald Macleod chats to composer Errollyn Wallen about her heritage and musical upbringing.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, we hear about Errollyn’s deep connection to Belize and her childhood musical memories. She was brought up in London to a soundtrack of Ella Fitzgerald and calypso. When she discovered the piano, she had to be begged not to practice. Errollyn's first ever composition was written for her sisters to sing walking to primary school, and family has since been a thread through her work.

I Wouldn’t Normally Say
Errollyn Wallen, piano

It’s a Quarter to Nine
Hull Music Hub Massed Choir
Errollyn Wallen, piano
Charles McDougall, conductor

Percussion Concerto (2nd movement – excerpt)
Colin Currie, percussion
National Youth Orchestra
Paul Daniel, conductor

Louis’ Loops
Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano

Photography
Ensemble X
Nicholas Kok, conductor

NNENNA
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft, conductor

My Granny Sarah
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Ben Parry, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker
COMPOSER OF THE WEEK on BBC Radio 3
TUESDAY 4 JANUARY 2022 12:00pm
EPISODE 2 of 5


Donald Macleod speaks to Errollyn Wallen about her lifelong love of dance.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, Errollyn shares stories about her other first love, dance, and talks to Donald about her time spent training in New York at the Harlem Dance Theatre. We hear how she came to decide that music was actually the right path for her but how dance remains an important presence in her life today, from writing ballets to hitting her step count targets with some kitchen disco.

Woogie Boogie
Rachel Barton-Pine, violin
Matthew Hagle, piano

Dervish
Matthew Sharp, cello
Dominic Harlan, piano

Concerto Grosso
Tai Murray, violin
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass
Chineke! Orchestra
Anthony Parnther, conductor

Horseplay (1st and 2nd movements)
Continuum Ensemble
Philip Headlam, conductor

In Our Lifetime
Mike Henry, baritone
Ensemble X

Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker
COMPOSER OF THE WEEK on Radio 3
WEDNESDAY 5 JANUARY 2022 12:00pm
EPISODE 3 of 5

3. Finding New Feet
Composer of the WeekErrollyn Wallen Episode 3 of 5

Donald Macleod and composer Errollyn Wallen discuss her breakthrough into the musical world.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called “the renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, we hear from Errollyn about her colourful early career in London as a keyboardist in bands, and writing music for a TV gameshow. She and Donald also discuss the challenge of breaking through as a serious composer. Plus, we hear about life in Errollyn’s lighthouse, and how she ended up living there.

TIGER
John Butt, organ

Lines
Errollyn Wallen,piano

It all depends on you (excerpt)
Fiona Bates, soprano
Andrew Sparling, clarinet
Martin Robertson, clarinet

The Girl in My Alphabet
Errollyn Wallen, piano
Douglas Finch, piano

Three Ships (IV – Some Trouble)
Tom Kerstens, guitar

Red (Homage to Rodrigo)
Tom Kerstens, guitar

Greenwich Variations
Errollyn Wallen, piano

Produced by Amelia Parker

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Release date: 05 January 2022
59 minutes

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COMPOSER OF WEEK on BBC Radio 3
THURSDAY 6 JANUARY 2022 12:00pm
EPISODE 4 of 5

4. Songbook
Composer of the WeekErrollyn Wallen Episode 4 of 5

Donald Macleod chats to composer Errollyn Wallen about her songwriting, an area of her output that she says is central to who she is.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, Donald asks Errollyn her award-winning songs and how they fit into her creative life. She tells him that songs are like writing a diary, and that she sees songwriting and composing as two sides of the same coin. She shares her diverse influences, from Greek myths to adverts in windows, and we hear the amazing story of how her songs were launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle.

What’s Up Doc?
Errollyn Wallen, piano

Daedalus
Errollyn Wallen, voice
Brodsky Quartet

Five Postcards
Anton Miller, violin
Rita Porfiris, viola

About Here; Tree; Of Crumpling Rocks
Errollyn Wallen, voice and piano

Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? (i. beehive; iv. guru)
Patricia Rozario, soprano
The Continuum Ensemble

Peace on Earth
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
George Hill, treble
Dónal McCann, organ
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker
COMPOSER OF THE WEEK on Radio 3
FRIDAY 7 JANUARY 2022 12:00pm
Donald Macleod and Errollyn Wallen discuss the role of the composer in today’s world.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.

Today, Donald and Errollyn talk about some of her most public and meaningful commissions, marking large events and anniversaries, as well as pieces dedicated to people close to her. She speaks about the importance of a composer being “in the world” and her role in reflecting society through music. We hear about her daily life as a composer, and how she feels the world of classical music is changing for the future.

Jerusalem, our clouded hills
Golda Schultz, soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor

gun gun gun
Heloise Werner, soprano
Hermes Experiment

Mighty River
Orchestra X

Cello Concerto (excerpt)
Matthew Sharp, cello
Orchestra X
Nicholas Kok, conductor

See That I am God
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker
New World Symphony in Miami: Sound the Horn
SUNDAY 9 JANUARY 2022 2:00pm
Horseplay
From Australia to Hollywood, Andrew Bain has taken the world by storm as Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist on the latest Star Wars soundtracks. In his NWS debut, Bain joins NWS Horn and String Fellows for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightful Quintet and quartets by Max Reger and Michael Tippett. Errollyn Wallen considers Horseplay one of her favorite works due to its vitality and contrast, writing that “it’s the perfect work to be performed by young people.” Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartet legacy is solidified in the Op. 76 collection, his last complete set.

NEW WORLD CENTRE, MIAMI
Live filmed performance of CONCERTO GROSSO
FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2022 7:30pm
Concerto Grosso
This thrilling performance is conducted by conducted by John Butt

Soloists:

Tomo Keller, Violin
Elizabeth Burley, Piano
Lynda Houghton, Bass


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NEW OPERA
FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2022
THE PARADIS FILES
LEICESTER CURVE
THE PARADIS FILES
SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022
LEICESTER CURVE, Leicester
THE PARADIS FILES
WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2022 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
London
UK
THE PARADIS FILES
THURSDAY 14 APRIL 2022 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
London
UK
PARADIS FILES
WEDNESDAY 20 APRIL 2022 8:00pm
THE STABLES, MILTON KEYNES
PARADIS FILES
THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2022 8:00pm
The Stables, Milton Keynes
THE PARADIS FILES
SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2022 7:30pm
The Mercury, Colchester
WORLD PREMIERE OF new opera QUAMINO'S MAP
SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2022 7:30pm
This story is loosely inspired by the novel Incomparable World by S. I. Martin, who serves as Historical Consultant for this project.

Juba Freeman: Curtis Bannister
Amelia Alumond: Flora Wall
Quamino Dolly: Damien Geter

Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 3pm
Studebaker Theater
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Production Sponsor: Virginia Tobiason
Commission Sponsor: The Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.
Studebaker Theatre
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
USA
THE PARADIS FILES
TUESDAY 26 APRIL 2022
HULL TRUCK THEATRE
THE PARADIS FILES
THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2022
HORSE CROSS, PERTH
THE PARADIS FILES
FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2022
HORSE CROSS, PERTH
QUAMINO'S MAP: Chicago Opera Theatre
FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2022 7:30pm
Studebaker Theatre
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
USA
QUAMINO'S MAP: Chicago Opera Theatre
SUNDAY 1 MAY 2022 3:00pm
Studebaker Theatre
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
USA
THE PARADIS FILES
THURSDAY 5 MAY 2022
RWCMD, Cardiff
THE PARADIS FILES
FRIDAY 6 MAY 2022 7:30pm
RWCMD CARDIFF
THE PARADIS FILES
WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2022
SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE
THE PARADIS FILES
THURSDAY 12 MAY 2022 7:30pm
SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE
Concerto Grosso performed by Academy of Saint Martin in the Field QUAMINO'S MAP: new opera for Chicago Opera Theatre Errollyn Wallen Composer of the Week Jan 3 - 7 2022
Watch this thrilling performance of Concerto Grosso in a filmed performed by ASMF and conducted by John Butt. Live on Facebook and YouTube at 7.30pm January 21st 2022. Music by Errollyn Wallen
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort

A story about the enduring pull of freedom – and the ends to which people will go to achieve it.

Juba Freeman arrives in London after winning his freedom from slavery by fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. Thrown headfirst into British society, he meets Amelia Alumond, a member of the British Black gentry, and reconnects with other ex-slaves who are struggling to build new lives for themselves as free men. Inspired by historical events, the opera sheds a light on a forgotten corner of history – and challenges current assumptions of what life was like in 18th-century London for a person of colour.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 3pm


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Donald Macleod chats to composer Errollyn Wallen about her heritage and musical upbringing.

Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has been called a “renaissance woman of contemporary music”. She’s a remarkably versatile and prolific composer, pianist and songwriter and one of our most in-demand musical voices today. She was the first black woman to have a piece performed at the Proms. In 1998, her music opened the 2012 Paralympic games. She's even been performed in space, aboard Nasa’s STS115 mission. Wallen writes in a kaleidoscopic range of styles; her music constantly crosses and re-crosses musical boundaries and it brims over with a sense of adventure and delight. All this week, Donald Macleod gets to know Errollyn as she dials into his studio from her Scottish lighthouse where she retreats to concentrate on her work.
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