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.
Evelyn Nallen writes: Next week in Cambridge is a concert of the music from the very first ballet, ‘The Loves of Mars and Venus’ (1717), which like ‘Thelma’ was thought to be lost.
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.
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.
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 Coleridge-Taylor’s recognition as a composer of real worth.
My task now is to find as many people as I can with memories of these occasions – first-hand if at all possible, but second-hand will still be interesting (“My father used to tell me about going to the Albert Hall performances in great detail……” – the sort of stories Richard Gordon-Smith recalls here).
Can anyone help me to find these stories?
Equally, I’m keen to run to ground artefacts that will help bring the story alive. Is any of the scenery still around…..maybe a wigwam….maybe costumes, not least as worn by those famous so-named ‘Indian braves’!!! And of course photos and newspaper cuttings can help as well.
Are there any memories out there of the performances which were taken outside London….in Scarborough and Sheffield, or wherever?
And a very long shot – who knows anything of productions outside the UK – in Australia, for example?
Anyone who’s been involved in concert performances of this music may have interesting things to say.
Lastly, I’m expecting to set the Albert Hall performances in the context of the huge general public interest in Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha well before and long after the Albert Hall productions:
Who remembers being made to recite or act out the verse when at school? Who knows of other music inspired by the poetry?
There must be many stories to be told. I look forward to hearing them! Thank you.
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 with publication on our website of his extensive bibliography and list of composed and performed works (documents, manuscripts, performances and other material) relating to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. You will find Dr. de Lerma’s entire list of publications on this website, under the menu entitled Bibliography. His list of Samuel-Taylor’s Works are also available, under the menu entitled Works.
A brief biography of Dominique-Rene de Lerma is attached below.