Samuel Coleridge-Taylor(1875-1912), Musical composer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Anglo-African composer born in London to an English mother and Creole father, Dr Daniel Peter Hughes Taylor from Sierra Leone, whom he never knew. He began playing the violin at the age of five, joining the choir of St George's Presbyterian Church in Croydon, where H. A. Walters oversaw his musical development and later helped organise his admission to the Royal College of Music in 1890. He came to prominence in 1898 at the Gloucester Festival with an orchestral Ballade in A Minor, followed by his much acclaimed trilogy Hiawatha's Wedding Feast (1898), The Death of Minnehaha (1899), and Hiawatha's Departure (1900). Sir Hubert Parry, the principal of the Royal College of Music described the first performance of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast as 'one of the most remarkable events in modern English musical history'.
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