I must admit, I hadn’t heard much about the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor before this evening either – but in the early 20th century he was one of Britain’s most popular composers. Elgar even said he was the best. He also spent most of his life in Croydon, making him an ideal subject for a London Mozart Players performance in Croydon’s Fairfield Halls.
Fun fact: Fairfield Halls was designed by the same architects as the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall (Robert Atkinson and Partners) and, according to Fairfield Halls at least, was considered the finer of his two buildings!
The performers in tonight’s concert were…
Richard Cooke conductor
Fenella Humphreys violin
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Royal Choral Society
Croydon Philharmonic Choir
There are some photos from the rehearsals here.