Fine Music Magazine
The decision to devise a program of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s music was made quite some time ago but, fittingly, this article is being written in the wake of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests. Coleridge-Taylor was born on 15 August 1875 in London, the son of an English woman and a Sierra Leonean man. The latter was a medical student who returned to Sierra Leone upon graduating, unaware that he had fathered a child. Coleridge-Taylor was brought up by his mother and her extended family, who recognised his musical talents.