Death of a Musical Genius: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Remembered

H Beard Print Collection, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Friday 5 October, 18.30 – 20.30 

Mark the centenary of the death of musician Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Born in London to an English mother and a doctor from Sierra Leone he epitomised the ‘pop idol’ of today.

Hear newly commissioned poetry by Malika Booker and Dorothea Smartt and original music composed and performed by ensemble Music Off Canvas. Plus listen to excerpts of Coleridge-Taylor’s music and hear acclaimed artists, scholars and historians pay tribute to this great musician.

Writing ‘From an English Point of View’: Coleridge-Taylor at the Royal College of Music
Dr Katy Hamilton, Junior Research Fellow in Performance History at the Royal College of Music

Shaping the Genius: Influences and Evolution of Coleridge-Taylor’s Music
Richard Gordon-Smith, Composer, Conductor and Music Educator and Hilary Burrage, Executive Chair of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation

To Know Thy Self: Pan-Africanism and Dunbar
Dr Shirley Thompson, Reader in Music at the University of Westminster

LIVE PERFORMANCE: An Original Collective Laudation to the genius that was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with poets Malika Booker and Dorothea Smartt and ensemble Music Off Canvas Introduced by Nkechi Ebite, The Books Project and Diana Roberts, Woodhouse Professional Development Centre Manager(RCM)

Insight on Coleridge-Taylor 
Featuring the musicians, poets, speakers from the evening, with audience Q&A.

£9, £6 concessions
online or call 020 7942 2211 

Jointly organised with the Royal College of Music, The Books Project and the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation. With special thanks to Black Cultural Archive and Historian Jeffrey Green.

Image Courtesy: H Beard Print Collection, V&A museum