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



The pianist Waka Hasegawa is celebrating her 40th birthday with a concert on 26 January. The programme is:

  • Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition.
  • Chopin’s Scherzo No 4, the Funeral March Sonata No 2, and a selection of Nocturnes.
  • Works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Her Undiscovered Piano Works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor CD is  on the Naxos/Metropolis label - see below.

As well as being a soloist Waka is a member of the piano duo Piano 4 Hands with the British pianist Joseph Tong.

Concert Venue:

The Forge

3-7 Delancey St

London, NW1 7NL

Further details and to book: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions?date=1422230400

Sunday 24 May 2015. 7pm

BRITTEN Sinfonietta
BAX Nonet

Orchestra of St Paul's, Covent Gdn

Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 7HH

Part of English Music Festival 2015:


 Thursday 22 October

Talk by Sean on SC-T at Honeybrook Museum

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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