Jeffrey Green’s Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration (History & Social Action Publications. £4 + 50p post Email order to sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Newsletter 41 - September 2015

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Saturday 17 October. 7.30pm 

With heart and soul and voice Cantanti Camerati chamber choir concert

The programme includes SC-T’s Summer is gone. St Mary’s Church, Hampton.  For tickets - £12 – phone 020 8898 8020, or buy at Hillsound Musical Instruments, 24-26 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1PD


Thursday 22 October. 7.30pm

The Life and Work of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. African music in the English style

Talk by Sean Creighton for Friends of Honeybrook Museum. Honeybrook Museum, Carshalton Ponds. Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends). Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book.

Wednesday 28 October. 7.30pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon’s Music Scene

Talk by Sean Creighton. Young violinist William Campbell will perform and his sister Kimberley will sing. Croydon’s vibrant music scene included organised amateur orchestras, choirs and opera groups, professional musicians, home based music making, and the extensive use of music and song in the activities of local churches, political, social and welfare organisations. South Norwood Arts Festival event. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre, 194 Selhurst Rd, London, South Norwood SE25 6XX.




Thursday 25 June. 6pm

  Walk around the Selhurst houses lived in by the Croydon based black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). Where relevant other aspects of local history of the area will be discussed.

 Network event in Croydon Heritage Festival (20-28 June)

Newsletter 40 May

Editorial: Croydon Needs a Soul; 

S-CT’s homes in Selhurst: history walk;

 Longfellow Chorus’s film on SC-T;

‘A City Needs a Soul’ by Daniel Labonne

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Newsletter 39 April 2015

SC-T and Civil Rights; SC-T in US and Canadian Black History Month; SC-T recordings etc on the web;  Miscellaneous notes; A Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Concert 

Newsletter 38 January 2015

Concert 26 January; Loudin, Marion Lawrence and Coleridge-Taylor; News; The imaginary African: music, identity, and race by Nicholas Cook.

Newsletter 37 October 2014

October events. SC-T and Croydon Music Heritage, SC-T in America 2010.

Newsletter 36 June 2014

John Archer, Some SC-T Performances in Battersea 1915-1923, News and Information, J. Rosamond Johnson 

Newsletter 35 May 2014

Honouring SC-T and other black people through plaques talk 25 June

SC-T talk 28 June

News; Coleridge-Taylor and the absence of “Africa” (Jeffrey Green)

Newsletter 34 April 2014

Honouring SC-T and other black people through plaques talk 25 June

Events: News

 SC-T Film at Boston

Newsletter 33 March 2014

Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Heritage Festival; Deep River; Coleridge-Taylor and Boston;  Coleridge-Taylor is a little warmer; Leonard Slatkin assess the influence of black musicians in classical music;  Performances in the United States; The Man who could be Coleridge-Taylor; First World War Performance

The Genesis of Longfellow’s Hiawatha; ‘Prejudice and Aloofness’: Race, Class, Bigotry and Coleridge-Taylor by Jeffrey Green.

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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. 

Image unveiled at Performing 
Rights Society 19 June



Sunday 30 December. 12 noon.

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 http://insidecroydon.com/2013/01/02/conductor-alwyn-unveils-blue-plaque-to-croydon-composer

Further details and photos and Jonathan's Butcher's speech in

More pictures can be seen at: http://imgbox.com/g/MAORPsXvcJ

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 will be included in the work Sean will be undertaking in 2013 on the 100th Anniversary of SC-T’s friend John Archer being elected as Battersea’s Mayor, the first Black Mayor in London. At the plaque reception Oliver Davies suggested that there be an annual Croydon concert of SC-T music.


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, 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.

The Network can be contacted at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com.

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