This evening, I attended the launch of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Festival at Croydon Town Hall.
Coleridge-Taylor spent most of his life in Croydon. He was a prolific choral and orchestral composer and is probably best remembered for his major choral trilogy The Song of Hiawatha, which was performed annually at the Royal Albert Hall, which gives you an idea how popular his music was at the time.
He died in 1912 at the age of 37 so the festival marks the centennary of his death. The highlight will be the world premiere of his long-thought lost opera Thelma by Surrey Opera at the Fairfield Halls on the 9th, 10th and 11th of February. You can book tickets here.