classical music

Chineke! Orchestra - Coleridge-Taylor & Dvorák

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Four pieces by turn-of-the-century composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor have ‘Africa’ in their titles; this evening, hear his lyrical African Dance.

Best-known for his cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Coleridge-Taylor had a high compositional output in his all-too-short life, dying at the age of 37 in 1912.

Alongside chamber, choral and vocal works, there is a symphony, a violin concerto (performed by Chineke! at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 7 November 2019) and many other orchestral works.

These include incidental music to plays such as Othello (performed by Chineke! at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 23 February 2020) and Faust, and several short suites, including the African Suite Op.35, which includes the African Dance.

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto continues the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

It is a work that allows all three soloists to shine, and Chineke! is delighted to welcome back pianist Stewart Goodyear as one of the performers.

Coleridge-Taylor visited the USA three times and was warmly welcomed by the musical establishment there, dubbed ‘the black Mahler’ by orchestral players in New York.

But his music shows a closer affinity to another contemporary who also had a strong association with America: Antonin Dvorák, who lived in the US in the early 1890s and who, along with Coleridge-Taylor, was influenced by African-American folk melodies.

Dvorák’s uplifting and expansive Sixth Symphony, with its sunny opening movement and driving third movement, completes the programme.


Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei conductor
Adé Williams violin
Sterling Elliott cello
Stewart Goodyear piano


Coleridge-Taylor: African Dance, Op.35 No.4
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for violin, cello & piano
Dvořák: Symphony No.6

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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