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WORLD PREMIERE of NEW OPERA — DIDO'S GHOST
SATURDAY 5 JUNE 2021
The story of Dido and Aeneas didn’t end with Dido’s death. Errollyn Wallen takes the story forward, interweaving a full performance of Purcell’s great tragedy with her imaginative new partner-piece.

‘Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate' sings Dido at the end of Purcell’s opera. But life isn’t quite as easy as that, and some memories have a destiny of their own. Set several years after the Carthaginian queen’s death, Dido’s Ghost finds Dido’s sister Anna abandoned on the shores of Aeneas’s new kingdom, igniting a murderous jealously in Aeneas’s wife Lavinia – and as events play out, its characters confront a past that refuses to fade.

Errollyn Wallen’s new opera, based on a tale by Roman poet Ovid, embraces and complements Purcell’s original, which is performed in its entirety as the centrepiece of a drama that is both old and new. Performed by the period instruments of the Dunedin Consort, past blurs into present and memory becomes emotion in this ambitious and poignant new commission.
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Errollyn arranges JERUSALEM for Last Night of the Proms I'm a Young Black Man — Clean Bandit and Friends ERROLLYN WALLEN AWARDED CBE IN NEW YEAR HONOURS
Errollyn is honoured to have been asked by the BBC to make a new arrangement of one of JERUSALEM for The Last Night of the Proms September 12th 2020.

Her arrangement of JERUSALEM is dedicated to the people of the Windrush generation and in the work she remembers all the nations of the Commonwealth.
As a tribute to George Floyd, Errollyn Wallen made a special arrangement of Johnetta Bryant's unaccompanied song composed for her son Keedron Bryant. Clean Bandit and Friends are Grace Chatto, Sheku and Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Nicola and Stephanie Benedetti The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:

C.B.E.

To be Ordinary Commanders of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

Errollyn Wallen M.B.E.

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