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Errollyn Wallen takes up Wort Residency at Cambridge University QUAMINO'S MAP: new opera for Chicago Opera Theatre DIDO'S GHOST at Edinburgh International Festival
he Faculty of Music is delighted to welcome Errollyn Wallen CBE, composer and alumna of the Faculty and King’s College, as the holder of this year’s Wort Residency. Described by The Observer as “the renaissance woman of contemporary British music”, she is a leading figure in today’s musical world, as respected as a singer/songwriter as she is a composer of contemporary new music. She is an influential an inspirational role model for young musicians and is respected and admired by fellow composers and performers alike.

During her Residency, Errollyn Wallen will be working with the Cambridge University Orchestra on performances of her music, giving a Colloquium, and performing songs from the Errollyn Wallen Songbook, as well as meeting with students individually. These exciting events promise a fascinating insight into the music and vision of one of the leading creative artists of our time.

Errollyn will be in residence during late November/early December 2021 and again in Spring 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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Composed to a libretto by Wesley Stace, and incorporating Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, DIDO'S GHOST is a commission from Dunedin Consort, Barbican Centre, Mahogany Opera,Edinburgh International Festival, Buxton International Festival and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. After a triumphant premiere at the Barbican Centre on June 6th and an enthusiastic reception at Buxton Festival it received its Scottish premiere at Edinburgh Festival on August 20th with performances August 21 and 22. It was received with rave reviews.
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