Avril Coleridge -Taylor

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Stone's House in Crouch Lane is now a private residence but in its more recent history it was a nursing home. One of its residents was Avril Coleridge-Taylor who died there in 1998. Avril Coleridge Taylor was born in 1903 and became a famous pianist conductor and composer. She was the daughter of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his wife Jesse Walmisley. In 1933, Coleridge-Taylor made her debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall. She was the first female conductor of H.M.S. Royal Marines and a frequent guest conductor of the BBC Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. She was the founder and conductor of both the Coleridge-Taylor Symphony Orchestra and its accompanying musical society in the 1940s, as well as the Malcolm Sargent Symphony Orchestra. Her compositions include large-scale orchestral works, as well as songs, keyboard, and chamber music. In 1957, Coleridge-Taylor wrote the Ceremonial March to celebrate Ghana's independence. Her other well-regarded works include a Piano Concerto in F minor (Sussex Landscape, The Hills, To April, In Memoriam R.A.F.), Wyndore (Windover) for choir and orchestra, and Golden Wedding Ballet Suite for orchestra.She dropped her first name after a divorce, thereafter going by Avril professionally. She had a tour of South Africa in 1952, during the period of apartheid. Originally she was supportive of, or neutral to the racial segregation; she was taken as white as she was at least three-quarters white in ancestry. When the government learned that she was one-quarter black (her paternal grandfather was a Creole from Sierra Leone), it would not allow her to work as a composer or as a conductor. She also published compositions under the pseudonym Peter Riley.
 
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