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Concerto Grosso performed by Academy of Saint Martin in the Field BROADCAST OF THE PARADIS FILES on BBC Radio 3 June 18th 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. The Paradis Files
Radio 3 in Concert Saturday June 18th 20.35pm

Graeae Theatre Company and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra combine in Errollyn Wallen's new chamber opera The Paradis Files. Composer and pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis was a pupil of Salieri and friend of Mozart and graced the aristocratic salons of 18th-century Vienna. As she concentrates on her performing and teaching career, we uncover a dark secret from her youth as she battles against all those who insist on trying to cure her of her blindness.

Composer Errollyn Wallen
Librettists Nicola Werenowska and Selina Mills
Directed by Jenny Sealey

The Paradis Files

Maria Theresia von Paradis... Bethan Langford
Gerda, The Maid / Soprano Gossip... Ella Taylor
Hilde, The Baroness von Paradis... Maureen Brathwaite
Salieri / A Doctor / Tenor Gossip... Ben Thapa
Joseph, The Baron von Paradis / A Doctor / Baritone Gossip... Omar Ebrahim
A Doctor/ Alto Gossip... Andee-Louise Hypolite

Members of the BBC Concert Orchestra:
Violin – Charles Mutter
Double bass – Dominic Worsley
Percussion – James Gambold
Accordion – Milos Milivojevic
Piano – Jelena Marakova
Conductor Andrea Brown
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.