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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

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

Tiki Black: Inspiration from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Tiki Black, songwriter, performer, composer writes a personal account about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor from her perspective. Continue reading

Queries about “O Ye That Love The Lord”

Jon Larimore writes: This coming Sunday our choir is presenting Coleridge-Taylor’s “O Ye That Love The Lord”. I’m wondering when this anthem was composed and if it was part of a larger work by Coleridge-Taylor, what that work might be? I found a wealth of information,

Video: Angela Brown sings “The Stars”

Charles Kaufmann writes: You may be interested in seeing the YouTube video I’ve just posted featuring soprano Angela Brown singing with our orchestra a song by Coleridge-Taylor, “The Stars,” which is a setting of a poem by his friend Kathleen Easmon Simango. Noteworthy about this video are the two images of the original manuscript of … Continue reading

Keep Me From Sinking Down – insights into a new transcription

Lionel Harrison, conductor and musicologist, describes the process of producing, with Patrick Meadows, a type-set edition of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s transcription for violin and orchestra of the spiritual ‘Keep Me from Sinkin’ Down’. Continue reading

Premiere of Thelma, review by SCTF patron Daniel Labonne

Daniel Labonne (previously Croydon SC-T Society artistic director) attended the premiere by Surrey Opera of Thelma at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, and sent us this exclusive review. Continue reading

Reviews of Thelma, the premiere

Read Robert Eichert’s review of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma by Surrey Opera. Their recent performance was a world premiere of a work that has lain hidden away until work by Catherine Carr rediscovered it and brought it to the attention of the world at large. We’ve gathered together a range of other on-line reviews here as well. Continue reading

Notes: Tom Service of the Guardian writes on SC-T and Thelma

Tom Service of The Guardian has posted an article in his Classical Music blog, discussing the SC-T opera Thelma, to be premiered in Croydon today.

Notes: Articles in anticipation of the premiere of ‘Thelma’, the opera

Media anticipation of the premiere (on 9 February 2012) of Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma includes this range of articles and postings, as below.  Please share also any other articles about this premiere of which you know, via the Comments box which follows this list.  Thank you.

Notes: Radio 4 ‘Front Row’ discusses SC-T

Mike Somervell writes: Tonight coming home from work I heard the ‘Front Row’ trailer on Radio 4 which said it was discussing Samuel Coleridge-Taylor the musician………so naturally thought of you!  Follow this BBC iPlayer link for the Front Row SC-T piece. They talk about Coleridge-Taylor and about Thelma being performed in Croydon.

Notes: Robert Eichert on children, education and Coleridge-Taylor

Robert Eichert writes: I could not agree more about SC-T’s music telling a story and there can also be interesting background to the music. Obviously, there is Hiawatha, faithfully keeping to Longfellow’s epic poem about love and loss among native Americans.

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

‘Thelma’, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s only full-length opera, performed at last

Jonathan Butcher writes: Up until 1900 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (born in 1875) had had little to do with composing for the theatre. His main body of work was choral and orchestral and, of course, his most famous opus, and the one that catapulted him to fame, was his major oratorio, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. His involvement with the theatre, though Herbert Beerbohm Tree, with all its colourful characters, magic and intrigue, may well have been the very spark Coleridge-Taylor needed to spur him on to write his only full length opera. Continue reading

Notes: Andrew Tait on SCT Chamber Concert, 28 Jan 2012

Andrew Tait writes: I would like to bring to your attention some concert details for your list of events in this special year. Andrew Tait and Friends Saturday 28th Jan 2012

‘Hiawatha’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic, 19 November 2011 (Culture Pod Visit)

Richard Gordon-Smith writes: Event 1 of the Curious Minds ‘Culture Pod’* A visit led, and here reported, by composer Richard Gordon-Smith, to hear the RLPO perform Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. The first Pod’s outing on our odyssey through the culture of creativity began at a restaurant, followed by a concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, where the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra … Continue reading

Notes: Toby Lyles on William Grant Still WKCR-FM Concert

Toby Lyles writes: The music of composer William Grant Still was featured on the “Saturday Night at the Opera playlist of 01/21/2012” of Columbia University’s WKCR-FM. Still admired and was influenced by the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

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

Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘Christmas Overture’

Looking for five minutes of orchestral Christmas music which includes all the old favourite carols?  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture is probably just the ticket. Amongst the easily recognisable Christmas carol themes encompassed in the Overture are God rest you merry gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas and Hark the herald angels sing. Arranged by Sydney Baynes (best remembered for his Destiny Waltz) in … Continue reading

Queries: Limited instrumentation works by SCT?

I would love to be able to include at least one of Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s works in celebration of his centenary. The problem is that I am limited to a classical size orchestra (2222 4200, timps, strings).

Notes: Luke Green on ‘By the Waters of Babylon’

Luke Green writes: My choir in Australia learned the beautiful ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ as an anthem. Really touching music.

Notes: Cumbria Choral Initiative SCT Concert, 28 July 2012

On July 28th 2012 the Cumbria Choral Initiative is to perform the entire Song of Hiawatha as the opening concert for the Lake District Summer Music Festival in the Coronation Hall in Ulverston, Cumbria. We are excited about this project, designed to coincide with SCT’s centenary year.

Notes: Chumki Banerjee on ‘discovering’ Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Chumki Banerjee writes about The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation: Uncovering long lost musical jewels, the quest continues

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s early chamber works – discovering the Piano Quintet op.1

Ten years ago today (7 November 2001) was the first performance in living memory of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Piano Quintet, op.1.  The work was part of a lunchtime recital programme by players from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, from a score discovered and prepared from the original by Martin Anthony (‘Tony’) Burrage, an RLPO violonist, and director of … Continue reading

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, radio, and TV requested an interview.  We were always grateful for the resultant publicity, but … 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

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