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Composer: Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel (1875-1912)

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Year of birth1875
Year of death1912
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodRomantic
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's The Song of Hiawatha at the Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Over the centuries, the Three Choirs Festival has developed a commendable trait in presenting the very best in English choral music; in more recent years the Festival has been committed to resurrecting once popular works that have been considered worthy of reassessment and, following on from last year’s performance of George Dyson’s Canterbury Pilgrims, this year the lot fell to Samuel Colerid
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Festive fare from the Auckland Philharmonia

Anna Leese  ©  Sussie Ahlburg
For this Christmas concert we were transported from the Auckland Philharmonia’s usual venue at the Auckland Town Hall to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. It was interesting to compare the sound of the orchestra; the cathedral has a slight echo that seemed to boost the richness of the orchestra’s sound, at times (like at the climax of Bizet’s Farandole) becoming almost shockingly loud.
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Thelma makes her Debut with Surrey Opera

©  Peter Marr
It had lain in the archives of the British Library since around 1986. Now, rediscovered by a PhD student and transcribed by Stephen Anthony-Brown, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma has at last received its world première in the capable hands of Surrey Opera.It’s a small miracle that Thelma, written between 1907 and 1909, came to be performed at all.
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