Centenary celebrations promise cake, picnics and song

Coleridge-Taylor: centenary celebrations coming up

There are two key events coming up in the next couple of weeks in the centenary celebrations for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the world-renowned composer who lived in Croydon.

On Wednesday, August 15 – 137 years since Coleridge-Taylor’s birth – there’s to be a birthday party. “Cake will be cut and music will be performed,” say the organisers.

The buffet supper starts from 8pm at Croydon Masonic Centre, 73 Oakfield Rd, Croydon, CR0 2UX, where the young Coleridge-Taylor first sang as a treble.

Anyone wishing to attend just needs to advise Jonathan Butcher (email address below).

Then, on Saturday September 1, the 100th anniversary of the death of Coleridge-Taylor, there’s to be a Picnic Pilgrimage.

Starting at 11am from St Mary Magdalene Church, Canning Road in Addiscombe (CR0 6QD), where parking os available, the plan is to will walk to various houses and churches where Coleridge-Taylor lived, worked, sang, and even got married, ending up at Aldwick, St Leonards Rd, where he died.

Picnics can then be consumed on Duppas Hill Recreation Ground. If the weather is inclement we can eat our picnics in the Parish Church Junior School.

Jeffrey Green, author of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life will give informal talks along the route. Approximate length of walk – 2 hours.

After lunch those who wish can take a tram back to Lebanon Rd. tram stop – the nearest one to St Mary Magdalene. Further details from Jonathan Butcher: jonathanbutcher@blueyonder.co.uk

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2 Responses to Centenary celebrations promise cake, picnics and song

  1. I will take my book along so that Mr. Green may sign it. I have lots of questions for him.

  2. Thanks for this posting. Readers can fnd out more about the composer and events about him running through to Christmas on the website of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network: https://sites.google.com/site/samuelcoleridgetaylornetwork. Jeff’s other publication ‘Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration’ will be on sale 15 August aand 1 September, and details of how it can be ordered can be seen on the website.

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