Black History Month at Draper Hall

6.30 pm for 7 pm - the concert lasts 60 minutes. Please be punctual.

Suitable for all ages - children under 6 years of age enter for free

After last year’s sold out concert, an ensemble from the world-renowned Chineke! Orchestra returns to Draper Hall to perform music by black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Chineke! Orchestra is a British orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians.

The orchestra was founded by musician Chi-chi Nwanoku and their debut concert was in 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an English composer and conductor of mixed heritage; his father was a Sierra Leone Creole physician.

Coleridge-Taylor achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the "African Mahler" at the time when he had three tours of the United States in the early 1900s.

He was particularly known for his three cantatas based on the epic poem, Song of Hiawatha by American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Coleridge-Taylor premiered the first section in 1898, when he was 22.

He married an Englishwoman, Jessie Walmisley, and both their children had musical careers.Their son Hiawatha adapted his father's music for a variety of performances. Their daughter Avril Coleridge-Taylor also became a composer-conductor.

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