Island Life – celebrating Caribbean connections

September 23, 2015 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

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£14.50, Savers £9.50

King’s Place box office phone: 020 7520 1490


Pre Show: In advance of the concert there is the opportunity to explore the incredible ship, the Discovery, and the exhibition within Discovery Point. Special access from 6.30pm – open only to concert ticket holders.

Mr McFall’s Chamber tours 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, Black Apostrophe, which sets to music vivid poetry about island life in Scotland and the Caribbean.



Susan Hamilton (Soprano voice), Rosenna Eastand Robert McFall (violins),Brian Schiele (viola),Su-a Lee (cello), Rick Standley (double bass)


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


Supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Scottish charity registered SC028348

Set list includes:

Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958 Belize)

NEW COMMISSION: Black Apostrophe (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 Guadaloupe, 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)



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