The Master Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

This project, a partnership project with Morley College, will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the almost forgotten, yet extraordinary life of one of Britain’s Black British Composers, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 -1912).

Very little is known 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 Villers Stanford, and once even met President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House.

This project will include a series of events and performances in partnership with Morley College to commemorate the life of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

The project will include an exhibition in the main gallery, open to the public, and a smaller exhibition in the Cardew space and corridors where some audio material related to the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be provided for visitors to interact with.

Events will also include 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.

There will also be a free evening professional recital of Coleridge-Taylor’s chamber music, performed by selected Morley College tutors in the Emma Cons Hall.

A short talk on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and free concert of Coleridge-Taylor’s work performed by the Morley Chamber Orchestra will also be held at Emma Cons Hall.

This project will culminate with an exhibition at Harrow Arts Centre in spring 2023.