Friday, July 27, 2012

North-West Evening Mail: 'Musical history to be made in Ulverston' July 28

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Illustration from website of Lake District Music Festival]

North-West Evening Mail

A PIECE of musical history will be made at Ulverston’s Coronation Hall tomorrow night, Saturday, July 28. For the first time in 40 years all three parts of the famous ‘Song of Hiawatha’ music trilogy will be performed in Cumbria as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

Hiawatha’s three cantatas were composed by Samuel Coleridge Taylor between 1898 and 1900. The first part, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, was particularly famous for many years and it made the composer's name known throughout the world. One of the earliest performances of the full trilogy was at the Drill Hall in Kendal in 1901 when Samuel Coleridge Taylor himself was the conductor, cementing Cumbria’s important place in the Hiawatha story.
Hiawatha was popularised in the 1930s when it sold out the Royal Albert Hall for 14 consecutive performances and was the biggest musical event of its day, with the King and Queen attending the opening night.
• "The Song of Hiawatha" Trilogy, Music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, is the opening concert of Lake District Summer Music Festival on July 28 in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston at 7.15pm.

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K.,]

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