Samuel Coleridge -Taylor and The Americans
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 color 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.
Don’t miss the exhibition launch on 7th March or a special recital on the 30th March by Nigerian-born playwright, actor and singer Tayo Aluko who will shortly be premiering a play inspired by the life and music of Coleridge-Taylor.