Island Life - Linlithgow, 9 Jan 2016

Celebrating Caribbean connections

9 Jan 2016, 19.30
St Michael's RC Church, Blackness Road, Linlithgow
Linlithgow Arts Guild
Book Online £12, £10, £5 plus booking fees

Mr McFall’s Chamber strings with Susan Hamilton, soprano

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.

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.


Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958 Belize) Black Apostrophe New Commission, Song Cycle
-- On the Shore of the Mind – Derek Walcott (b. 1930 Saint Lucia)
-- Fishing off the Back of Rousay – Ian Hamilton Finlay (b. 1925 Nassau, d. 2006 Scotland)
-- Epitaph – Dennis Scott (1939 – 1991 Jamaica)
-- Penelope – Lorna Goodison (b. 1947 Jamaica)
-- Evening Will Come – Ian Hamilton Finlay
Joseph Boulogne (b. 1745 Guadeloupe, d. 1799 France) Ballet sequence and song from L’Amant Anonyme
José White (b. 1836 Cuba, d. 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 (1659 – 1695 England)
-- 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. 1971 Canada d. 2005 Scotland) Peewits
Bertold Brecht/Kurt Weill (b. 1900 Germany d. 1950 USA) Was Die Herren Matrosen Sagen (What the sailors say)
Calixto Alvarez (b. 1938 Cuba) Los Pregoneros
Fabio Landa (1924 – 2003 Cuba) Pequeña Suite Cubana Habanera – Afro – Ritmo

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Errollyn Wallen, credit Primavera Azzurro
Susan Hamilton, soprano

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