Our Music Commissions Are you worried...? Errollyn Wallen - Are you worried…? Are you worried…? 1. Beehive (The Priest, the Pall-Bearer and the Hanging Man)2. Mary3. White Christine4. Guru5. End of My Days I have set so many songs by other writers for my classical works, but as well as In Our Lifetime and my opera, Four Figures with Harlequin, I have written about forty pop songs for which I have been responsible for both the words and music. I very much enjoy working in this way, as I don’t have to worry about ‘sabotaging’ the structure of an existing poem and I can be free to let one medium inspire the other spontaneously.For this commission I wanted to bring my songwriting experience to bear on a classical work and to bring popular music influences to classical performers. The common theme to this set of songs is death and I found the title on a local council leaflet.Errollyn Wallen Errollyn Wallen’s Are you worried…, premiered last night as the latest result of BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme. Wallen brings a strong melodic gift to the settings of her own texts. The Birmingham Post First performed by BCMG at the Adrian Boult Hall on 20 March 1994.