King's alumna Errollyn Wallen has just won the 2013 Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music. She received the award at a glittering ceremony on 16 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and said she was 'absolutely delighted'.
Errolyn was born in Belize and initially studied at the Dance Theater of Harlem, New York, before coming to the UK to study composition.
She read music at King's and has gone on to create an extraordinarily broad repertoire of work, from avant-garde classical music to jazz and pop songs.
She was made an MBE in 2007 for services to music, and earlier this year she won the FIPA d’Or for Best Original Music in a Television Series, for her soundtrack for the BBC drama One Night.
She was commissioned to compose two works (Principia and Spirit in Motion) for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games last year.