Category Archives: Life

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 … Continue reading

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“I want to be nothing in the world except what I am – a musician.” (Discovering ‘Thelma’, Coleridge-Taylor’s only opera)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s sole opera, Thelma (Op.72), was composed in 1907-09, but only in the past few years has it been given any serious consideration. Here Dr Catherine Carr recounts how she came to learn of the opera. She also shares some insights into the research she undertook to bring Thelma to life, and tells us about some of her many fascinating discoveries concerning this centrally important and hitherto neglected work…. Continue reading

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Recalling my Father’s reminiscences on Hiawatha

Richard Gordon-Smith writes: My father David Gordon-Smith* was born in 1915.  In the very class-conscious (by today’s standards) 1920s and ’30s my father’s parents would have been considered ‘lower middle class’.  Their cultural aspirations included occasional theatre and concert attendance, musical … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Green: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life is to be published in June/July 2011. It was written by historian Jeffrey Green. Jeffrey Green tells SCTF that by using copious contemporary comments, different aspects of the composer have been documented. Green’s discoveries over … Continue reading

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Patrick Meadows, publisher of SC-T scores: an interview with myself

Patrick Meadows writes: During  my tenure as Director Artístico of the Deià Festival in Mallorca between 1978 and 2008, every year, about the time the concerts were to begin, at least once and often several times, someone from the newspapers, … Continue reading

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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

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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 … Continue reading

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