Friday, June 20, 2008

Southampton Recorded Music Society Presents Black Classical Music July 4

[African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol. 1; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Danse Nègre From African Suite (6:14); Petite Suite de Concert (13:36); Chicago Sinfonietta; Paul Freeman, Conductor; Cedille 90000 055 (2000)]

Annamarie Ewing is based in the U.K., where she promotes Black Classical Musicians via public programs and She tells AfriClassical: “A lot has happened with the project since 2005! Having given a number of presentations to various interested groups, I am now building on this interest and have encouraged amateur orchestras and choirs to perform music by black classical musicians, especially Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. I've had some success so far with this. His name always gets mentioned first when talking on the subject, so he has been the easiest composer to introduce and promote in the UK. As far as Saint-George is concerned, I have a personal interest in him because he lived in my favourite musical era.” “I will be giving a presentation on black classical musicians at the Southampton Recorded Music Society on 4th July.” “I will not be performing any music myself but will be using extracts of recorded music to illustrate the composer histories. Away from the project, I also perform baroque and classical recorder music at various venues around the south of England, anything from cathedral recitals to medieval banquets!” The Southampton Recorded Music Society is affiliated to the Federation of Recorded Music Societies,, which promotes appreciation for recorded classical music. [The Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) and the Afro-French composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) are profiled at]

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