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Sunday 13 March. Frome Voices Sing Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Frome Voices is a community based choir that comes together to sing one major performance each year. This year’s concert includes Hiawatha and Carmen Burana.
Monday 2 May. Croydon Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Class
Croydon Performing Arts Festival will honour SC-T, and have designated a multi-discipline class for performances of his works for pianists, singers, string players and organists being held on 2 May at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, on Monday 2 May. Jonathan Butcher, of Surrey Opera and Director or 2012 SC-T Festival will adjudicate. The successful entrants will be able to perform at CAPF’s Gala Concert at Fairfield Halls on 22 June. Further details can be seen at http://www.croydonperformingartsfestival.org/upload/CT2016Syllabus.pdf
Tamsin Little Recording of the Violin Concerto
Released in November by Chandos (No. 10879) the CD British Works for Violin and Orchestra is of violinist Tamsin Little playing SC-T’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, along with Delius’s Suite for violin and orchestra and Haydn Wood’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. She is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic.
The Undiscovered Piano Works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, recorded for the first time by Waka Hasegawa,CD is being issued 30 July. Metropolis Recordings. Catalogue Number - MR1301/UPC – 812864019346. The CD costs £7.99 + p&p.
'It is a lovely disc, and I have listened to it several times already. It is entertaining, reflective, tuneful and exciting stuff; the intelligence and commitment of composer and executant shine through every track. Don't hesitate! ' - Stephen Harrow, Chair, 2012 Croydon SC-T Festival.
Rights Society 19 June
See report on http://insidecroydon.com/2013/01/02/conductor-alwyn-unveils-blue-plaque-to-croydon-composer
More pictures can be seen at: http://imgbox.com/g/MAORPsXvcJ
THE 2012 CROYDON FESTIVAL
2012 saw the 100th Anniversary of the death of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Britain's Black composer, most famous for his work Hiawatha.
A year long Festival was held in Croydon - see Croydon Festival programme by clicking on left hand side column. Events elsewhere are listed under the Events page.
Highlights have included the world premiere of Coleridge-Taylor's opera Thelma by Surrey Opera.
The Festival is now over.
The Network will continue to function producing occasional newsletters of events, recordings, video clips, and new material on the life and works of SC-T. As a leading member of Edwardian Black Britain, SC-T will continue to be promoted through the British Black History and the Edwardian Culture Networks. Jeff Green will be talking about other Black Edwardians at the Conference of the Edwardian Culture Network. Aspects of the composer’s life have been included in Sean Creightons mini-book SC-T’s friend John Archer who was elected as Battersea’s Mayor, the first Black Mayor in London in 1913 - see https://sites.google.com/site/historysocialaction.
WHAT IS THE NETWORK?
The network was established:
1. For people involved in researching Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's life, playing his music, organising events, commemorating his achievements, and wanting to see a major commemoration of his life on the 100th Anniversary of his death in 2012.
2. To provide a method of communication for sharing information relating to the activities under 1, and to help encourage partnership working between different people involved in 1.
3. To encourage the development of events and media coverage across the country in 2012.
Sean Creighton, Agenda Services and History & Social Action Publications, who is the historian of SC-T's friend John Archer, Battersea's Black Mayor 1913-14. http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.com Publications website: https://sites.google.com/site/historysocialaction
Jeffrey Green, author of SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR, A MUSICAL LIFE (Pickering & Chatto, June 2011)
Fred Scott, a Croydon based piano teacher and Director of Soundpractice Music Ltd. www.soundpractice.com
If you wish to join the Network please use the contact email below.
Fred and Sean were members of the Croydon Festival Committee.
The Croydon Festival's artistic director was Jonathan Butcher of Surrey Opera.