Soprano Caroline Taylor currently studies on the MMus in Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music under Louise Winter. In September 2018, she will continue her studies with scholarship at the RNCM on the PgDip: Advanced Studies in Musical Performance. Her previous teachers include Anthony Roden and Jonathan May; she has also received extensive coaching from Brian Bannatyne-Scott and Walter Blair.
Caroline made her professional concert debut in 2012 as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antarctica (Dundee Symphony Orchestra). She has also performed as a soloist in Vivaldi Gloria (Anstruther Philharmonic Society), Bach Mass in B minor (Kellie Consort) and Handel Jephtha (St Andrews Chorus). Opera credits include Cendrillon Cendrillon, Governess The Turn of the Screw, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring and Coridon Acis and Galatea (Byre Opera); Yum-Yum The Mikado (Southampton Operatic Society); Josephine H.M.S Pinafore (University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society); Aline The Sorcerer (Peak Opera); and Papagena The Magic Flute (St Andrews Voices). In scenes, she has performed as Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites and Suzel L’amico Fritz (RNCM).
Since commencing study at the RNCM, Caroline has worked with Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, Nelly Miricioiu and Christopher Purves and in November 2016 took part in a Baroque Opera Residency led by Robert Howarth and Michael Barker-Caven at Opera North, Leeds. She was a soloist in the Bach St John Passion, a finalist in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss and won the 2017 Brodsky Cross-School Prize with her chamber ensemble, the Lucrezia Trio. Caroline has also taken part in contemporary music projects, including performing Paul Patterson’s The Sorriest Cow of Capricorn in concert and premiering works by RNCM composition students in Manchester Central Library. Most recently, she has successfully auditioned for the RNCM Songsters and in November 2017 performed for the Friends of the English Music Festival.
During her time at the University of St Andrews, where she read for an MA (Hons) in French, Italian and Spanish, Caroline held choral scholarships with Holy Trinity Church Choir and St Andrews Chorus and was the 2015 recipient of the Cedric Thorpe Davie Vocal Scholarship and Memorial Prize for outstanding musical contribution.
Upcoming engagements include Britten Les Illuminations and Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Helix Ensemble and soprano soloist in Handel Messiah with Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir. Caroline acknowledges the generous support of the Richard Newitt Fund and Help Musicians UK, with whom she is a Postgraduate Award Holder.
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