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Samuel Coleridge -Taylor and The Americans Exhibition Launch

Join photographer Laura Migliorino to celebrate the opening of this new exhibition, created in 2022 while on the Fulbright at The Eccles Center for American Studies at The British Library and Nigerian-born playwright, actor and singer Tayo Aluko for two songs from his play, Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown.

A stunning series of photographs exploring the inspiration of African American Musicians on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Explore the legacy of Samuel Coleridge- Taylor and his creative collaborations with some of the most influential African American musicians of the early 20th century. Coleridge-Taylor befriended Rosamond Johnson the first person of colour named artistic director of an opera house in London in 1910.

Prior to Johnson’s arrival Coleridge-Taylor penned the opera Dream Lovers with poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1898. Through this relationship Coleridge-Taylor traveled to America and performed at The White House, met Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois.

The creative inspiration between these men changed all their lives. Coleridge-Taylor never heard negro spirituals and he was deeply moved the music. The African Americans had never known of a black man without ties to slavery.

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