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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Collection

Identifier: COLETAY

Scope and Contents

Sheet music, programmes, recordings, and reference material relating to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.


  • c1895-c2005

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), composer, was born on 15 August 1875 in Holborn, London. His mother, Alice raised her son in Croydon. Coleridge Taylor was given a violin at a young age, and in 1890 was sponsored to study at the Royal College of Music studying composition under Charles Villiers Stanford. His works were presented at college concerts and Coleridge-Taylor's Five Anthems were published in 1892. Encouraged by the success of his early works, Ballade A Minor, and Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, Coleridge-Taylor became prolific in the composition of music for theatre, sacred and secular choral works, orchestral works, and pieces for strings and piano. He taught composition at Trinity College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music, and judged numerous competitions around Britain. Coleridge-Taylor died of pneumonia at his home on 1 September 1912.

Sources used to compile this administrative history include the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Oxford Companion to Black British History.


5 boxes

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Custodial History

The collection was gathered and brought together by BCA volunteers.

Black Cultural Archives: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Collection
Black Cultural Archives
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Repository Details

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Black Cultural Archives
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