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RSNO perform Mighty River — DIgital Concert Season
Mighty River
Errollyn Wallen Mighty River
Wagner (orch Henze) Wesendonck-Lieder
DvoĹ™ák Symphony No9 From the New World

James Lowe Conductor
Karen Cargill Mezzo-soprano

Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River is dedicated to her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, who was likely to have been a slave. ‘It is an innate human instinct to be free,’ she says, ‘just as it is a law of nature that the river should rush headlong to the sea.’ This gripping orchestral work from one of Britain’s most original living composers makes an unforgettable impact. Accompanied by DvoĹ™ák’s stunning New World Symphony and Wagner’s sensuous love songs performed by Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.

Please note, this concert has had a change in conductor, guest artist and programme since first advertised.
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 PEACE ON EARTH released Nov 13 King's College Recordings
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 tracks: PEACE ON EARTH/PACE/SEE THAT I AM GOD

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Dónal McCann organ

Sir Stephen Cleobury conductor

Released 13 November 2020

The three choral works on this EP by acclaimed contemporary composer Errollyn Wallen continue the timeless tradition of reflecting on the human spirit through sung words.
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