Hiawatha’s story | 20 October to 2 November 2012

A documentary this month tells the story of the epic pre-war stagings of Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha at the Albert Hall, and asks if they might ever be resurrected

In August 1912, the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was standing on the platform of West Croydon station when he was taken ill. A few days later he was dead and plans to stage his three cantatas about the Native American leader Hiawatha - a huge pageant in a vast space - were shelved.

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