Caroline Taylor recently graduated with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music. Prior to this, she read for an MA (Hons) in French, Italian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, where she received the Cedric Thorpe Davie Memorial Prize for outstanding musical contribution. She is generously supported by an RNCM Oglesby Scholarship, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Lynn Foundation, the Clemence Charitable Settlement and Help Musicians UK, with whom she holds a Maidment Award. She currently studies with Louise Winter and Nicholas Powell; her previous teachers include Anthony Roden and Jonathan May.
At the RNCM, Caroline won the 2018 Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss and the 2017 Brodsky Cross-School Prize with her chamber ensemble, the Lucrezia Trio; and she was a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition and 2019 Gold Medal. She represented the RNCM in the 2018 Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize with Musica Britannica, winning first prize, and in the 2018 Gerald Moore Award with pianist Sid Ramchander. This year, she won joint First Prize at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition. Caroline has been a member of the Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme, an RNCM Songster and a Leeds Lieder Young Artist; and has recently become a Concordia Foundation Artist, making her debut recital earlier this year.
Concert performances include soprano soloist in Monteverdi/Vespers of 1610 (Phoenix Singers), Handel/Messiah (Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir) and Jephtha (St Andrews Chorus), Vivaldi/Gloria (Anstruther Philharmonic Society), Bach/Mass in B Minor (Kellie Consort) and St John Passion (Chester Music Society), Vaughan Williams/Sinfonia Antarctica (Dundee Symphony Orchestra), Boulanger/Soir sur la plaine (Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus), Brahms/A German Requiem (Chester Cathedral Nave Choir), Britten/Les Illuminations (Northern Ballet Sinfonia) and Mahler’s Symphonies No. 4 (Helix Ensemble, chamber arrangement) and No. 8 (Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Mater Gloriosa). Opera credits include Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi (RNCM Opera), Helena/The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Governess/The Turn of the Screw and Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring (Byre Opera), Yum-Yum/The Mikado (Southampton Operatic Society), Papagena/The Magic Flute (St Andrews Voices) and scenes as Tina/Flight, Suzel/L’amico Fritz and Blanche de la Force/Dialogues des Carmélites (RNCM) and Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). In June 2018, she created the role of Sara in Ben Kaye and Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven (Psappha); and in June 2019, she performed the role of She in the European staged premiere of Madeleine Dring’s Cupboard Love (Byre Opera).
Caroline now looks forward to taking part in this year’s Oxenfoord International Summer School, generously supported by an Oxenfoord Bursary and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.
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