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From Jamaica to England: The pathbreaking life and music of Eleanor Alberga

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Benjamin Ealovega
Composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Eleanor Alberga is a highly-regarded mainstream British composer with commissions from the BBC Proms and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Her music reflects not only the human experience, but also particular milestones in her life. Listen to it on this week's Sound Currents.

Eleanor Alberga, composer and pianist

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Violin Concerto No. 1 - III. Allegro molto
by Eleanor Alberga
Joseph Swensen with the BBC National Orchestra

String Quartet No. 1 - III. Frantically Driven yet Playful
by Eleanor Alberga
Ensemble Arcadiana

Jamaican Medley
by Eleanor Alberga
Eleanor Alberga - piano

Narration X (Mirror, Jockey, Snow White)
by Eleanor Alberga
Peter Ash with the Taliesin Orchestra; Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones, Danny DeVito - narration

Celebration Dance
by Eleanor Alberga
Peter Ash with the Taliesin Orchestra

Succubus Moon
by Eleanor Alberga
Ensemble Arcadiana; Nicholas Daniel - oboe, Thomas Bowes, Oscar Perks - violin, Andres Kaljuste - viola, Hannah Sloane - cello

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