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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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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

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‘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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … 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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