Black Mahler, republished in January 2012 to mark the centenary of Samuel Coleridge-
Along the way, he unites a world.
This moving story will haunt the memory long after the final page is turned. Norman
Lebrecht (cultural commentator, award-
Highly acclaimed international opera director David McVicar said, “Charles Elford has written a lucid and touching account of Coleridge-
15th August. Samuel Coleridge-
Croydon music teacher Joseph Beckwith meets 5 year old Coleridge-
Novello publishes the first of a series of Coleridge-
At his graduation, Coleridge-
Novello’s music editor Auguste Jaegar and Edward Elgar promote the young composer.
The Royal Choral Society commission a sequel to Hiawatha, The Death of Minnehaha. It is premiered at the North Staffordshire Music Festival in Hanley, then taken to the Royal Albert Hall and the Duchess of Sutherland. Jaegar and Elgar appear to withdraw their support.
31st December at 11am, Jessie and Coleridge are married at Holy Trinity, Selhurst.
Hiawatha’s Departure is published creating a trilogy. First American performance
of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast is in Boston on 12th March. Samuel Coleridge-
The Hiawatha Trilogy known as The Song Hiawatha now complete with new Overture, is
performed in its entirety at Birmingham where it totally eclipses Elgar’s The Dream
of Gerontius. Famous actor/manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree engages Coleridge-
Meg Blane – A Seaside Rhapsody.
In addition to existing teaching, writing, composing, adjudicating and performance
engagements, Samuel Coleridge-
The 200th performance of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast in England alone. Samuel Coleridge-
Five Choral Ballads; Twenty-
A Tale of Old Japan premiered in Croydon. Not only is he not permitted to conduct, but he has to pay for his own seat at the concert. A Concerto is commissioned by the Stoeckels for violinist Maud Powell and the Norfolk Music Festival.
28th August, Coleridge collapses on the platform of West Croydon train station. He struggles home, but dies four days later on 1st September, from pneumonia brought on by exhaustion. He was 37.
5th September, hundreds of people turn out for his funeral.
The success of the Violin Concerto in America was equalled by its success that October when it was conducted by Sir Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall in London.
£1,400 was raised for Jessie and the children through a memorial concert and through
the sale of some previously unpublished works by Samuel Coleridge-
Despite her letter-
The piece of music that was rescued from the fire by William Hurlstone, found its
way back into the hands of the Coleridge-
Gwen later changed her name due to the ‘treatment’ she said she received from her
mother. She died in 1998. Hiawatha Coleridge-
Until the outbreak of World War II,The Song of Hiawatha, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, was the centre piece of the Royal Albert Hall’s summer programme. It was a hugely lavish affair with a vast chorus in full costume, actors, dancers, lakes, waterfalls, falling snow and an epic backdrop slung from one side of the hall to the other; depicting a Victorian/Edwardian dream of a Native American idyll.
Since the war, both The Song of Hiawatha and its composer have faded into obscurity.... Until now.
You’ve read the history, now meet the man himself in Charles Elford’s new book Black
Mahler: The Samuel Coleridge-
© Charles Elford 2011
Rosemary Laryea for Colourful Radio 23/08/12
John McLaughlin Williams (Grammy Award winning conductor & violinist) said, ‘A sensitive
and knowing account of the eventful life of the Afro-