South Norwood Arts Festival: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Wikimedia Commons)

The South Norwood Arts Festival is running for the fortnight or so up to 14 July. On Friday, local hero Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was celebrated in a lecture by Sean Creighton, with performances of some of his work by local young violinist, William Chambers. It all took place, appropriately enough, at the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre on Selhurst Road.

Sean is the publisher of History & Social Action publications, and there is an overview of the talk on that link, as well as links to materials produced via the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network, so I won’t rehash it in detail here. In a clearly structured and delivered talk, Creighton was eloquent on Coleridge-Taylor’s work and legacy for people of African descent during the late colonial period, including being the youngest participant in the Pan-African Conference in London in 1900. He also set out the range and quality of SC-T’s musical connections and training. Snippets of SC-T’s music – both recorded and as played by Chambers – were another incitement to find out more about the composer.

I was reminded that (probably, as far as I can recall) the first professional musical theatre piece I ever experienced was a school trip to Hiawatha at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in the 80s.


Waka Hasegawa: Undiscovered Piano Works, SC-T

Waka Hasegawa: Undiscovered Piano Works, SC-T (pic from Waka’s Twitter timeline!)

I gather that local concert pianist Waka Hasegawa is about to release a disc of ‘Undiscovered Piano Works’ by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor on the Naxos label. Will be worth checking out – released 30 July 2013.

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