Friday 28 September 2012

Death of a Musical Genius

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

In October, RCM musicians and academic are once again helping to commemorate the centenary of the death of RCM alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Born in London to an English mother and a doctor from Sierra Leone, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor became one of the most celebrated composers of his day. His unique legacy is explored in a special event at the V&A Museum called Death of a Musical Genius: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Remembered. The event takes place at 6.30pm on Friday 5 October, and features talks, performances and a round table discussion.

RCM contributors include Dr Katy Hamilton, who will be giving a talk entitled “Writing from an English Point of View”, illuminating Coleridge-Taylor’s time at the RCM. The pioneering ensemble Music Off Canvas, who formed at the RCM, will then be presenting a specially devised one-off performance with poets Malika Booker and Dorothea Smartt. This performance was organised in collaboration with the RCM’s Woodhouse Professional Development Centre.

Tickets can be booked directly from the V&A website.

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