Throughout the month of October at Morley College you will be able to visit our exhibition on the almost forgotten, yet extraordinary life of one of Britain’s Black British Composers, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 -1912).
Very little is remembered about the life and extraordinary talent of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor both in the realms of his music and contributions to the fight for racial equality.
Born in Holborn in 1875 to an English mother and a father originally from Sierra Leone, Coleridge-Taylor worked with the starry likes of Edward Elgar and Charles Villiers Stanford, and once even met President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House.
You are invited to the opening event on September 6 at 6pm to learn more about his life and musical compositions.
The project will also include three performances throughout the month of October:
- 11 October – 1pm: a free lunchtime piano recital of his compositions, held in the Holst room, performed by Advanced piano students. This will be part of the weekly Tuesday Lunchtime Concert series during Black History Month in October.
- 20 October – 6pm: a short talk on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and free concert of Coleridge-Taylor’s work performed by the Morley Chamber Orchestra held at the Emma Cons Hall. Entry: £5
This project will culminate with an exhibition at Harrow Arts Centre in spring 2023.