Errollyn Wallen: North

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

In category: Song of the Day

Published January 30, 2020

Errollyn Wallen is a British composer and singer. I’ll be playing her song “North” on the Feb. 13 NYFOS Next concert. You can hear it in this clip at 28:05. I find it so interesting how composers hear their own music. When I interpret their music it’s not uncommon for me to have a very different take on their music. This song “North” is a good case in point. She has a fluid pop rendition. After studying the notes and the text, I hear this as a taut, searing, wind-blown, driving song. It’s about independence and fearlessness, and I can’t wait to perform my version! Thank you, Errollyn Wallen!

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Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.


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