Monday, June 30, 2008

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Clarinet Quintet at BBC Proms 2008

In April, AfriClassical posted news of the performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Clarinet Quintet at the BBC Proms 2008. Program specifics have now been announced:
Proms Chamber Concert 7: Nash Ensemble
Monday 1 September 2008 from 1:00 pm to approximately 2:00 pm at Cadogan Hall. “
Live on BBC Radio 3. Available as audio on demand for the following week.” “Mark Padmore makes his second Proms appearance this year, in Vaughan Williams’s moving On Wenlock Edge (see also Prom 51). The song-cycle’s six settings of words by A. E. Housman form a touching exploration of hope and loss.

“The Clarinet Quintet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – a fellow student of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music – was written following a challenge to the composer by his teacher, Stanford, to write a work that would match up to Brahms’s famous Clarinet Quintet. He succeeded admirably, crafting a work of heartfelt lyricism and charm.
Coleridge-Taylor, Clarinet Quintet (35 mins); Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge (23 mins). There will be no interval. Mark Padmore tenor; Nash Ensemble. Detailed notes about the music will be available one hour before the concert.” Full Post [Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was an Afro-British composer and conductor who is profiled at]

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