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date: 22 August 2019

Wallen, Errollynlocked

  • Sophie Fuller

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(b Belize City, Belize, April 10, 1958). British composer, pianist and singer of Belizean birth. Educated in the British Isles from the age of two, she trained as a dancer at the Maureen Lyons School of Dancing and the Urdang Academy before taking dance classes at the Dance Theater of Harlem (1976–8). She studied music at Goldsmiths College, London (BMus 1981) and composition with LeFanu and Lumsdaine at King’s College, London (MMus 1983). After working with the cabaret band Pulse, she co-established the Wallen Parr recording studio and music production company in 1986. As well as composing for film and television, she wrote many of her early works for Nanquidno (four players on two pianos) and her own Ensemble X. Her tribute to Nelson Mandela, In Our Lifetime for baritone and tape (1990), was later choreographed for the London Contemporary Dance Company. In ...

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