Errollyn Wallen CBE is a multi award-winning Belize-born British composer. Her prolific output includes over twenty operas and a large catalogue of orchestral, chamber and vocal works, which are performed and broadcast throughout the world. She has composed for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012, for the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, a specially commissioned song for COP 26, 2021, and a re-imagining of Jerusalem for the Last Night of the Proms 2020 and a new work for BBC Proms 2023. BBC Radio 3 featured her music across a whole week in 2022 and 2023 or Composer of the Week, and she has made several radio documentaries including Classical Commonwealth, nominated for the Prix Europa. Errollyn collaborated with artist Sonia Boyce on her installation, Feeling Her Way, for the British Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion prize. Her critically acclaimed opera, Dido’s Ghost, was premiered at the Barbican in 2021 and will received its US première in San Francisco this November.
Recent premieres include Dances for Orchestra for Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Night Thoughts , a song cycle for Dame Sarah Connolly. Her work, The Whole World, for soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and National Youth Orchestra received its premiere at the Proms this year and has received over 2 million views on social media. With Myleene Klass she recently co-presented a three-part television series, Musical Masterpieces, for SkyArts.
Errollyn gave her debut solo concert at Wigmore Hall in October 2023 and her book, Becoming a Composer has just been published by Faber and Faber. She is currently composing a violin concerto for Philippe Quint which will tour across the United States in 2024.
Errollyn composes in a Scottish lighthouse and her recordings have travelled 7.84 million kilometers in space, completing 186 orbits around the Earth on NASA’s STS-115 mission.