Errollyn Wallen - "renaissance woman of contemporary British music" (The Observer) - is as respected as a singer-songwriter of pop influenced songs as she is a composer of contemporary new music. The motto of Errollyn’s Ensemble X, 'we don’t break down barriers in music… we don’t see any', reflects her genuine, free-spirited approach and eclectic musicianship. She has been commissioned by outstanding music institutions from the BBC to the Royal Opera House, and performed her songs internationally. Errollyn has also created work for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Dunedin Consort, Almeida Opera, Welsh National Opera, Royal Ballet, Leipzig Ballet and The Schubert Ensemble.In 2007 Errollyn was awarded an MBE for her services to music in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Qualifications / Educational Background
Born in Belize, Errollyn gave up her training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, New York to study composition at the universities of London and Cambridge.
Errollyn's song Daedalus appears alongside songs by Björk, Sting, Elvis Costello and Meredith Monk on the Brodsky Quartet's recent CD, Moodswings. Her solo albums Meet Me at Harold Moores and more recently, Errollyn, feature her songs in her own voice/piano performance and in collaboration with outstanding jazz artists.
The Errollyn Wallen Songbook published by Peters Edition comprises twelve of her celebrated songs for voice with piano accompaniment.
Errollyn has composed numerous works for The Orchestra of the Swan, and in 2006 she was appointed Composer in Association.