Saturday, October 31, 2009

British Library, 'Samuel Coleridge Taylor: The Neglected Superstar' 10 Nov 2009

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto, Legend, Romance; Lorraine McAslan, violin; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor; Lyrita SRCD.317 (2007) (61:37)]

The British Library in London announces:
“Samuel Coleridge Taylor: The Neglected Superstar, Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 from 18.30 – 20.30 in the Conference Centre. Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions. Book now for 10 Nov 2009, 18.30 – 20.30.

“Anglo-African composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912) was born in humble surroundings a short distance from the British Library, yet rose through his short life, despite many obstacles, to become the most celebrated and popular British composer of his generation. His most famous work,
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, written when he was 23, gave him global fame and regularly filled the Royal Albert Hall in Britain. He had three highly successful tours of America, where he was welcomed at Roosevelt’s White House and gained iconic status amongst Afro-Americans. After years of neglect Coleridge Taylor’s reputation is once again on the rise.

“Join us for an evening of music and words devoted to his life and work. With contributions from pianist Julian Joseph, experimental violinist Adaggio, historian Jeffery Green, musicologist Dr John Snyder (University of Houston), author and historian Mike Phillips and more. With the support The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and in association with reelJEMS.

More about Coleridge Taylor
Part of Black History Month, a time when we highlight and celebrate the achievements of the black community and uncover hidden history about our communities.
[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is profiled at]

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