Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebration
8th March 2021Avril Coleridge-Taylor
Composer & Conductor
BORN 8th March 1903 South Norwood London
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“The Rustling of Grass” was written c. 1923 and is a setting for solo voice and piano of text by Alfred Noyes. This performance features Simone Ibbett-Brown – Mezzo-Soprano & Frances M Lynch – Piano and was recorded individually in the musicians homes during the Covid-19 Pandemic and first performed for a Soundings from Essex event in August 2020. It is one of the 100 works she left including 40 songs and a piano concerto.
Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1903 – 1998) was a prodigious talent who made her début as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall in 1933. To find out more about her fascinating life and work please go to her page on the Minerva Scientifica Website https://minervascientifica.co.uk/avril-coleridge-taylor/
Image of Coleridge-Taylor courtesy of the British Music Collection
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Created by electric voice theatre, Minerva Scientifica is a project that brings together professional performers with community musicians and school children. Together, we raise awareness of the rich heritage and deep connections between music and science, and inspire the next generation of future scientists.