You are invited to ‘Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’ in Accra, Ghana

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor event in Accra - March 29 2012

BTWSC (UK) in association with WEB Du Bois Memorial Centre For Pan African Culture (GH), BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 100PM Collective and H.E. Mr KB Asante invites you to Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – an audio-visual presentation, led by UK-based music industry and history consultant Kwaku, highlighting African British & pan-African history, and music  on March 29 2012, 3-5pm  WEB Du Bois Memorial Centre, Off First Circular Road, Cantonment, Accra (near the American Embassy)

Born in London of Sierra Leonean/British parentage in 1875, Coleridge-Taylor’s fame preceded that of one of his admirers, the esteemed British composer Edward Elgar. One of Coleridge-Taylor’s compositions, â€Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, vied in popularity with long-established choral pieces such as ‘Messiah’ and ‘Elijah’. The ‘Hiawatha’ sessions were an annual two-week feast of the ‘Hiawatha’ trilogy, which were performed at the Royal Albert Hall from 1924-1939.

Coleridge-Taylor’s fame spread to the US, where there was no comparable  African American musician or composer that matched his stature. There were several Samuel Coleridge-Taylor choral societies dotted around the US, where he toured in 1904, 1906 and 1910. He was the first African to conduct all-European orchestras in the US, and President Theodore Roosevelt invited him to the White House, where they talked about music, and social issues, including dealing with racism.

Coleridge-Taylor was a pan-Africanist and part of the African Association, which organised the 1900 Pan-African Conference in London, where he met WEB Du Bois, who was to become a family friend. A confident African, the composer introduced themes and styles into the classical music genre, such a the ’24 Negro Melodies’.

For more information: Awula Serwah, info@btwsc.com, 020 024 0338, www.btwsc.eventbrite.com