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Projects We've Funded > New Music Biennial 2017: Errollyn Wallen

New Music Biennial 2017: Errollyn Wallen

New Music Biennial 2017: Errollyn Wallen

For:

Mighty River

Commissioned by:

Oxford Contemporary Music

Exploring themes of slavery and freedom, Mighty River combines contemporary classical techniques with spirituals which were introduced to Hull in 1871 by the Fisk Jubilee Singers – an African-American a cappella choir of ex-slaves. The piece, written for orchestra, takes its inspiration from William Wilberforce the English politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade who was, very fittingly, a native of Hull. Errollyn Wallen is at ease both as a singer-songwriter of pop-influenced songs and a composer of contemporary new music. She describes her own Ensemble X with the motto, ‘We don’t break down barriers in music…we don’t see any.’

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