Hilary Burrage

Hilary Burrage is the author of two books on female genital mutilation: ERADICATING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: A UK Perspective, and FEMALR MUTILATION: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation (book details: www.hilaryburrage.con). Hilary is also a board director, consultant, writer, teacher and sociologist. She initially studied natural science before finally turning to Sociology. Her subsequent major enduring professional interests as a practising social scientist have been in social policy, inequality, gender, culture and the ecology of knowledge.
Hilary Burrage has written 17 posts for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation

SCTF Speakers Join Panels For Commemorative Events

Two Autumn 2012 events in London (on Friday 5th and Tuesday 16th October) will commemorate the centenary of the death of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, with speakers from the SCT Foundation presenting their findings on the composer’s life and works. Friday 5th October Victoria and Albert Museum, Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL, at … Continue reading

SCTF Patron Daniel Labonne Writes About Community Embedded Arts

Daniel Labonne, an SCTF Patron and founder of the original Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society back in the 1990s, has published a book, Empowering The Performer, which draws on his experience of setting up an arts organisation in Africa. Here Daniel Labonne describes ‘Six Reality Checks Behind A Book’, explaining how he came to set up a regional … Continue reading

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Centenary Legacy (1st September 2012)

Today, 1 September 2012, is the centenary anniversary of the death of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.   Below is the appreciation of Coleridge-Taylor, man of music and protagonist for equality, which I wrote to mark this significant milestone for the Huffington Post UK, along with a reiteration also of the appreciation which William Zick of the AfriClassical (USA) website … Continue reading

New Nonet Commissioned In Honour Of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

As we reach the centenary of the final birthday, on 15 August 1912, of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation and HOPES: The Hope Street Association are pleased to announce that recently they jointly commissioned a Nonet, with the same instrumentation as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s own Nonet in F minor, op. 2* (1895), from the composer Richard Gordon-Smith. This commission … Continue reading

Memories of Hiawatha in the Royal Albert Hall

Two of our readers have recently very generously sent us material relating to the Hiawatha performances at the Royal Albert Hall in years around the 1930s.  We are grateful to George Parnell for this Programme of Hiawatha performances, and to Wendy Breese for sending us her recollections of time in the Royal Choral Society. It would … Continue reading

UK charity Black Cultural Archives collaborates with SCTF

We are delighted that the Black Cultural Archives have invited the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation to collaborate with them on shared information and the BCA archiving materials concerning Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. This is exactly the sort of joint working which SCTF seeks in order to take forward our objective of ‘bringing people together through music’. Read more about BCA’s new Black heritage centre. Continue reading

Dominique-Rene de Lerma donates Coleridge-Taylor bibliography and list of works to the SCTF website

In a hugely significant step towards realising our intention to bring Coleridge-Taylor’s life and works to public attention as he deserves, the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation is delighted to announce that the distinguished American researcher and scholar Dr. Dominique-Rene de Lerma has generously entrusted us with publication on our website of his extensive bibliography and list of composed and performed works (documents, manuscripts, … Continue reading

Events in 2012: the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor centenary legacy

Here is the definitive list of SCT events for 2012!  We have established an Events calendar (or diary) as a special page on this website, on which we intend to list every event we know about, whether in the UK or elsewhere.  You may like to take a look here. 2012 marks one hundred years … Continue reading

SCTF invites articles about Coleridge-Taylor’s US impact

The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation is inviting articles for publication on this website from historians, scholars and other commentators about the impact of SCT’s life and work in the United States, from the time of his visits until the present. We are aware that this is an area of increasing interest, as more information has emerged about … Continue reading

Bringing Coleridge-Taylor’s scores to performance by ‘time-share’

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was, and remains, Britain’s greatest Black classical music composer.  He died however aged only 37, and until this last year there has been no formally constituted organisation to celebrate his legacy and take forward his reputation.  This is what the SCT Foundation, a Community Interest Company, seeks now to do. September 1st … Continue reading

Coleridge-Taylor conducts his work in Liverpool (19 October 1908)

We have here photographs from an original published programme covering three concerts in the Fifth Season of the ‘Liverpool Symphony Orchestra Ltd’. The second of these was a concert in the Sun Hall, Kensington, on Monday, 19 October 1908 commencing at 8 pm, the latter half of which was works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, conducted by the composer himself. Continue reading

The case of the patched trousers: was Coleridge-Taylor impoverished as a student?

There has been quite a debate about whether Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was, or was not, financially comfortable as a child and young man.  Jeffrey Green‘s  meticulous research, for instance, has established that Coleridge-Taylor’s grandfather / father-figure, Benjamin Holmans, was a man of significant wealth, having two electoral votes (as was then the rule) because he paid rent on … Continue reading

The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society in Croydon (1994-)

The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society was inaugurated in Croydon in 1994.  It was founded (and then chaired) by Daniel Labonne, who at the time lived in that historic town, just south of London. The SCT Society was active for some ten years, and it was Daniel Labonne who then offered the inspiration to set up the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation in 2010; … Continue reading

A Note On Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Early Work

Coleridge-Taylor’s early works were for chamber ensembles – probably the only performance forces available to him at the time. These works lay almost completely unacknowledged for the best part of a century. The Opus 1, or first formal work, Piano Quintet was resurrected from total obscurity by Martin Anthony (aka Tony) Burrage (a violin and … Continue reading

A Tribute To Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

The black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 – 1912) is known almost exclusively for his large-scale work, ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’. There is however much more to this fascinating man than just one work, including the story behind his very early chamber music works such as the Opus 1 Piano Quintet of 1893. Life and art … Continue reading

The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation CIC

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) is acknowledged as the greatest Black British composer of ‘classical’ music, his best-known work being Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast; but there were many other facets also to the achievements of this important musician and humanitarian. The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation has therefore been registered  from 21 September 2010, as a limited Community … Continue reading

2012 Is The Centenary Of Coleridge-Taylor’s Legacy.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died on 1 September 1912. He was just 37 years old. 2012 is therefore the centenary of the legacy of this important musician, a man who made his mark not only in music, but also as an example in his time of decency and fairness in the way in which he saw and … Continue reading

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