[The Music Room in the Battell-Stoeckel Mansion at the Norfolk Festival has been
restored to its early twentieth-century state since we filmed there in June 2012.
Here, in June 1910, Maud Powell and Carl and Ellen Stoeckel asked Coleridge-
Taylor if he might be interested in composing a violin concerto. Photo:
Charles Kaufmann of The Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine writes:
The test screening of "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and His Music in America" on
June 19 was the first event of the 2013 season of the Norfolk Chamber Music
Festival, Norfolk, Connecticut. It was attended by a sizable, attentive and
responsive audience -- a savvy group comprised of people who would feel at
home attending a film or concert at Lincoln Center or the Met.
Screening a two hour film tests whether or not the filmmaker has put together an
engaging series of scenes. From my observation point at the back of the room,
the viewers' attention never lagged. The humorous scene, in which forest ranger
Jody Bronson takes me on a wild ride through Norfolk's Great Mountain Forest in
search of mountain laurel accompanied by Angela Brown's version of the soprano
aria "Spring Had Come," from "Hiawatha's Departure," was met with hearty
laughter. Jody, who was there, commented: "You did a fabulous job with the
documentary, it was a tremendous amount of work."
After the applause when the credits had rolled -- and the unusual final outtake --
I answered several questions from the audience. Judging from these, the film
made people want to find out more about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.