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The World of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor | London Mozart Players

Sunday October 9, 2022 at 19:30
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
£36.75/£31.75/£26.75/£21.75/£16.75, under 30s £10; universal or pension credit recipients receive 25% off full price tickets excluding band A
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  1. Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
  2. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  3. Violin Concerto in G minor Op 80 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
  4. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, from The Apostles Op 49 - Sir Edward Elgar

Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a household name in the early twentieth century thanks to popularity of his biggest hit Hiawatha. Every summer for some 30 years, thousands of people descended on the Royal Albert Hall for ‘Hiawatha Season’; a dedicated two-week stint of Coleridge-Taylor’s immense choral work, sung by the Royal Choral Society.

Born in Holborn and raised in Croydon, Coleridge-Taylor was regarded, by Elgar no less, as the most talented composer in Britain. So why don’t we hear more about him today? Joined by the Royal Choral Society in their 150th year and the Croydon Philharmonic Choir, this LMP concert celebrates all things Coleridge-Taylor, including an exploration of his Croydon connections, his experience as a black composer in Edwardian London and a delve into the context of the original Hiawatha text and its depiction of Native American culture.

In this concert, which includes Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto, we reimagine Hiawatha for a modern audience, surrounding it in music from Coleridge-Taylor’s contemporaries – Elgar’s The Spirit of the Lord and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis.

Fairfield Halls
Park Lane

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