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20 September 2012

14:00 - 15:00

The talk is an audio-visual presentation on the life of one of Britain's favourite composers of the early 20th century and the first African to conduct an all-European orchestra.  The talk will introduce some of his works, including Hiawatha's wedding feast, which at one time vied with Messiah and Elijah as one of Britain's most popular choral compositions. The talk will be followed by a Question and Answer session during which Coleridge-Taylor's life as an African living in England at the turn of the 20th century will be explored.

Kwaku is a music industry and history consultant.  He became involved in delivering history programmes after discovering the lack of knowledge around African British history. He is the author of two Heritage Lottery Funded resources highlighting British Africans between 1907 and 2007 and has a particular interest in the life and work of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.