Coleridge-Taylor, Avril [Gwendolen]
- Sophie Fuller
(b London, March 8, 1903; d Seaford, Sussex, Dec 21, 1998). English composer and conductor. Daughter of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, she studied at the GSM and at Trinity College of Music, where she was taught composition by gordon Jacob and Alec Rowley. Her earliest composition, the song Goodbye Butterfly, was published when she was 14. She made her début as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall in 1933 and was guest conductor with the LSO and the BBC SO. She founded and conducted several orchestras and ensembles, including the Coleridge-Taylor SO. Her compositions include large-scale orchestral works as well as keyboard and chamber music and songs. In 1957 she wrote the Ceremonial march to celebrate Ghana’s Independence. Coleridge-Taylor adopted the name Avril in place of Gwendolen; she also published under the pseudonym Peter Riley.