Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network

24 August 2021

Hiawatha's Wedding


Chinek! Orchestra

BBC Proms

New Recordings

Jeffrey Green’s Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration (History & Social Action Publications).

Re-printed October 2019

£4 p&p from

Black Classical Music News

The Sounds of Croydon: From Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to Stormzy Online Exhibition

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Sarah Fleetwood Walmisley.

Virtual Coleridge-Taylor with Chineke! & Sphinx Orchestras

Hiawatha in Australia

Soweto Kinch, SC-T &

the 1919 Race Riots

Newsletter 54 - February 2019

(To see copy click on Newsletters on left hand menu)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the civil rights movement

Croydon Citizen article 23 March

Details of this book are in Newsletter 48

Croydon's Music Scene in SC-T's time:


Song of Hiawatha Overture

New Chandos Release

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 2012


Image unveiled at Performing

Sunday 30 December 2012

Plaque unveiled on Aldwick,

St Leonards Road, Waddon, Croydon

by the

Samuel Coleridge -Taylor Festival,

in association with

Surrey Opera,

the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network

and the Nubian Jak Community Trust

See report on

More pictures can be seen at:


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 included the world premiere of Coleridge-Taylor's opera Thelma by Surrey Opera.

The Croydon Festival's artistic director was Jonathan Butcher of Surrey Opera.

SINCE 2012

Since 2012 the Network has continued to produce occasional newsletters of events, recordings, video clips, and new material on the life and works of SC-T. These are posted on this website. As a leading member of Edwardian Black Britain, SC-T has continued to be promoted through the British Black History Network. Aspects of his life composer’s life have been included in Sean Creighton's mini-book about his friend John Archer who was elected as Battersea’s Mayor, the first Black Mayor in London in 1913 -14. see


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.

Supporters include:

Sean Creighton, Agenda Services and History & Social Action Publications.

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.

If you wish to join the Network please use the contact email below.

Fred and Sean were members of the Croydon Festival Committee.

The Network can be contacted at