The African Mahler

Starring John Gielgud, with Howard Anthony as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

From 1924 to 1939, the Royal Albert Hall was filled for two weeks each summer by thousands of enthusiasts dressed as Red INDIAns.

They assembled for a performance of `Hiawatha' by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Britain's most celebrated black composer, known in his day as the African Mahler.

In this dramatised biography, the painful story of his battle to overcome racial prejudice in Victorian ENGLAND is told through his writings and thoughts and those of his families and contemporaries.

This first radio feature by the acclaimed film director Tony Palmer also features John Gielgud

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Starring John Gielgud, with Howard Anthony as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

From 1924 to 1939, the Royal Albert Hall was filled for two weeks each summer by thousands of enthusiasts dressed as Red INDIAns.

They assembled for a performance of `Hiawatha' by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Britain's most celebrated black composer, known in his day as the African Mahler.

In this dramatised biography, the painful story of his battle to overcome racial prejudice in Victorian ENGLAND is told through his writings and thoughts and those of his families and contemporaries.

This first radio feature by the acclaimed film director Tony Palmer also features John Gielgud