Discover the extraordinary life and music of Avril Coleridge-Taylor, composer, conductor and pianist in this unique exhibition with first performances of unpublished previously lost pieces. – Part of the series “VOTE 100: Celebrating Women Composers”

Avril (aka Gwendolen) was born in South Norwood, London and lived for many years in Seaford until her death in 1989. The daughter of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his wife Jessie Walmisley she grew up in a musical household.

Find out about her career as a composer under several pen names (all male ones), as one of the first recognised female conductors and as a concert pianist.

This unique exhibition will display copies of unpublished materials and explore some of the challenges faced by Avril in England and in South Africa during the period of apartheid.

Live performances of recently rediscovered works by Avril Coleridge-Taylor by musicologist and flautist Caroline Collingridge. Please feel free to enter quietly!

2-6pm, St. Georges Church, St. Georges Road, Kemptown, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN2 1ED



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Vote 100: Celebrating Women Composers (Parliament Week)

Vote 100: Celebrating Women Composers marks the centenary of women gaining the vote through democracy in action. With a specially commissioned new work – ‘Lead On’ – by Lucy Pankhurst, a relative of leading suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and music by a diverse range of women composers we are delighted that local MP Caroline Lucas will participate as pianist and as speaker.

Vocalist Polina Shepherd and special guests including guitarist Brian Ashworth, clarinettist Steve Dummer, flautist Rebecca Griffiths, soprano Mehreen Shah and pianists Evgenia Startseva and Yuri Paterson-Olenich plus multi-pianist ensemble the Zongora Piano Group and the Appel Trio.

Featured composers include Cécile Chaminade, Ethel Smyth, Clara Schumann, Alma Schindler-Mahler, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Shena Fraser, Augusta Holmès, Morfydd Owen and living composers Cécile Marti, Cecilia McDowall, Litha Efthymiou, composer laureate Judith Weir. And many more!

WITH SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER & PIANIST: Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion)

EXPLORE. ENGAGE. EMPOWER: This community & cultural event in Parliament Week is contributed by MOOT – music of our time Registered Charity 1169015

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