Black History Month events take place across the UK every year to recognise the great contributions that Africa has made to the economic, cultural and political life of Britain.
In Gateshead, works by Victorian composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be sung by tenor Wills Morgan, accompanied by pianist Richard Black from the Arts Collective, with a guest soprano to be announced.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died in 1912 aged just 37 and was described as Britain’s most outstanding young composer. Today there has been a revival of interest in his works and the music in this concert is inspired by poems by Lord Byron, Louise Alston Burleigh, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare and others, reflecting the literary tastes of the day.
Wills Morgan is a professional singer who specialises in the performance of pre-19th century and contemporary Western classical music. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2000, accompanied by Richard Black.
Richard Black’s first love is recital accompanying: he is also quite keen on opera. He has worked with all kinds of singers and almost every orchestral instrument. His repertoire includes over 1000 songs and a wide variety of chamber works.
Cllr John McElroy, Cabinet member for Culture at Gateshead Council said:
“Despite the significant role that Africa has played in world civilization, its contribution has been omitted or distorted in many history books. African influences on modern music including classical music, will help our understanding of exactly how much European music has been influenced by other cultures.”
Tickets for ‘A Joy Supreme: Love Songs and music for piano solo by Samuel Coleridge Taylor’ cost £8/£6. For more information call the Box Office on 433 8420.