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Island Life - celebrating Caribbean connections
Discovery Point, Dundee
Dundee United Kingdom
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We tour the UK with tales of the hazards of sea-faring, migration and of life as an islander, with beautiful performances by soprano Susan Hamilton and the strings of Mr McFall's Chamber  afro-tinged music from the Caribbean alongside the epic encounters of Kurt Weill, Henry Purcell and Robert Burns.

For this concert at Dundee's Discovery Point, ticket holders can also enjoy free access to explore the fascinating ship, the Discovery, and the in-house exhibition. Available from 1830-1930. The concert overlooks the beautiful old ship and the River Tay.

Vivacious Belize-born composer Errollyn Wallen, who was commissioned to write the music for the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony, presents the premiere of her new song cycle, which sets to music vivid poetry about island life in Scotland and the Caribbean.

'Why can't all concerts be like this  engaging, relaxed, sophisticated, exquisitely played and just plain fun?'
The Times

Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958 Belize) NEW COMMISSION Song Cycle
   On the Shore of the Mind  Derek Walcott (b. Saint Lucia 1930)
   Fishing off the Back of Rousay  Ian Hamilton Finlay (b. Nassau 1925, d. Scotland 2006)
   Epitaph  Dennis Scott (Jamaica 1939  1991)
   Penelope  Lorna Goodison (b. Jamaica 1947)
   Evening Will Come  Ian Hamilton Finlay
Joseph Boulogne (b. 1745 Guadeloupe, died 1799 France) Ballet sequence and song from L'Amant Anonyme
José White (b. 1836 Cuba, died 1918 France) La Bella Cubana
Robert Burns (1759  1796 Scotland)
   Ae Fond Kiss
   The Slave's Lament
   My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose
Henry Purcell (England 1659  1695)
   Come Unto These Yellow Sands from The Tempest
   Full Fathom Five from The Tempest
   Overture, Sailors' Dance, Witches' Dance and chorus from Dido and Aeneas
   Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas
   Fairest Isle from King Arthur
Martyn Bennett (b. Canada 1971 d. Scotland 2005) Peewits
Bertold Brecht/Kurt Weill (b. Germany 1900 d. USA 1950) Was Die Herren Matrosen Sagen (What the sailors say)
Calixto Alvarez  (b. 1938 Cuba) Los Pregoneros
Fabio Landa (Cuba 1924  2003) Pequeña Suite Cubana Habanera  Afro  Ritmo

Mr McFall's Chamber is a Scottish-based ensemble founded in 1996 with a vision to programme and commission new, experimental and rare music. By and large the group has tried to make its programmes accessible and, at the same time, full of surprises. Concerts are intimate and fun, delivered with a lightness of touch and quiet sense of humour. The group has worked with many creative musicians and composers from classical, traditional, jazz and popular backgrounds, including Chilean singer Valentina Montoya Martínez, with whom the group collaborated on the album La Pasionaria, Scots music icon Michael Marra, as represented by the album Michael Marra with Mr McFall's Chamber and folk innovator Martyn Bennett, whose music features on Birds and Beasts, recorded and released by Delphian Records.

Errollyn Wallen  'renaissance woman of contemporary British music' (The Observer)  is as respected a singer-songwriter of pop influenced songs as she is a composer of contemporary new music. Communication is at the centre of both worlds: engaging the audience, speaking directly to hearts and minds. She was the winner of last year's Ivor Novello award for Best Classical Composer, as well as Best Music Award for a TV Series at last year's Fipa Festival in France. Born in Belize, Errollyn Wallen gave up her training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, New York to study composition at the universities of London and Cambridge. She founded her own Ensemble X, and its motto '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 the London 2012 Paralympic Games and performs her songs internationally. Errollyn's song cycle for soprano voice and string quartet Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? features many different characters in music that is distinctly bluesy and captures the lively atmosphere of a Caribbean township. It was originally commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and has been recorded on the album The Girl in My Alphabet.

mcfalls.co.uk | errollynwallen.com
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Discovery Point, Dundee (View)
Discovery Quay,
Dundee DD1 4XA
United Kingdom


Categories

Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > World

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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