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Errollyn Wallen moved to London with her family when she was two. While her parents moved to New York, she and her three siblings (one of whom is the trumpeter Byron Wallen) were brought up by an aunt and uncle. Wallen studied composition at Goldsmiths' College and at King's College London, and earned an MPhil at King's College, Cambridge. Her music draws on a wide range of influences, including avant-garde classical music as well as popular songwriting.
Compositions include the "multi-media song cycle"Jordan Town (2001), Dervish for cello and piano (2001), La Luga for guitar quintet (2002), the opera Another America: Earth (2003) and All the Blues I See for flute and string quartet (2004).
In 2004, Wallen recorded an album of her own songs and solo piano music, entitled Errollyn. Her opera The Silent Twins, with a libretto by April De Angelis, was first performed by the Almeida Opera in 2007.
2007- Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Leipzig Ballet- "The Tempest" choreography by James McMenemy
2008- June. World Premier "Carbon 12- A Choral Symphony" Welsh National Opera
Wallen's music is published by Peters Edition. Her work has been performed in leading concert halls/ theatres around the world.
In 2012, her song "Daedalus" from the album Errollyn served as the opening and closing theme for the BBC drama One Night, and her "Principia", which has lyrics about science, was featured in the London Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
- Sophie Fuller, "Wallen, Errollyn" (preview), Grove Music Online.
- Sophie Fuller (1994). The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States 1629–present. Pandora. pp. 319–20. ISBN 978-0-04-440897-0.
- Jessica Duchen, "Errollyn Wallen's 'Anon': Manon Lescaut for the 21st century", The Independent, 21 July 2014.
- Jessica Duchen, "10 Questions for Composer Errollyn Wallen", ;;The Arts Desk, 16 March 2016.
- Official website
- Laura Barnett, "Portrait of the artist: Errollyn Wallen, composer", The Guardian, 29 July 2008.