RAGTIME’S greatest performer will be remembered with a concert and lecture on the centenary of his death.

The life and music of Scott Joplin will be celebrated with a performance at the United Reformed Church in Waddington Street on Saturday, April 1.

Piano performances of some of the composer’s most famous ragtime tunes, including The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, will be interspersed with the story of his life, from his humble beginnings to his triumph as the king of ragtime.

The show will also explore his ambitions to compose opera, including the mysterious disappearance of his first ragtime opera and the tragic failure of his second attempt, Treemonisha, which closed after a single performance in New York in 1915 and is thought to have contributed to Joplin’s illness and death two years later at the age of 48.

The combined lecture and performance will be undertaken by Dr Peter Hayes, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sunderland.

The hour-long show starts at noon and admission is free.