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Patrick Meadows (1934-2017)

Lionel Harrison writes: Admirers of the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and visitors to the Foundation website will undoubtedly be aware of the enormous contribution made by Patrick Meadows towards rescuing SC-T’s music from the relative (and undeserved) obscurity into which … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

1 September 2012, was 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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A radio programme-maker asks: Do you recall ‘Hiawatha’ at the Albert Hall, or elsewhere?

Andrew Green writes: Can you help?   In this, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s centenary legacy year (2012), I’ll be fulfilling a long-held ambition to make a radio programme focusing on the famous Albert Hall ‘Hiawatha’ performances of the 1920s and 30s – the high-point in … Continue reading

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Dominique-Rene de Lerma donation of 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 was delighted in 2012 to announce that the distinguished American researcher and scholar Dr. Dominique-Rene de Lerma generously entrusted us … Continue reading

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‘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

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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 … Continue reading

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SCTF hears ‘Hiawatha’ at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (19 November 2011)

The opportunity to hear Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is not to be missed; so Saturday 19 November 2011 saw a gathering of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation enthusiasts in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall for that very purpose.  … Continue reading

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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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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 … 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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