Caroline Taylor is a postgraduate soprano studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Louise Winter. Prior to this, she read for an MA (Hons) in French, Italian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, where she graduated as the recipient of the Cedric Thorpe Davie Memorial Prize. She is generously supported by the RNCM Oglesby Scholarship, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Lynn Foundation and Help Musicians UK, with whom she holds a Maidment Award. 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; she was also a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition. 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. She is also a member of the 2018 Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme.
Concert performances include soprano soloist in Monteverdi/Vespers of 1610 (Phoenix Singers), Handel/Messiah (Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir), Vivaldi/Gloria (Anstruther Philharmonic Society), Bach/Mass in B Minor (Kellie Consort) and St John Passion (RNCM), Handel/Jephtha (St Andrews Chorus), Vaughan Williams/Sinfonia Antarctica (Dundee Symphony Orchestra), Britten/Les Illuminations (Northern Ballet Sinfonia) and the chamber arrangement of Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Helix Ensemble). Opera credits include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon (RNCM Opera), Helena/The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Governess/The Turn of the Screw and Coridon/Acis and Galatea (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.
Caroline is an RNCM Songster and a Leeds Lieder Young Artist with her duo partner, Anna Chiu; recent recitals include St Ann’s Church, Manchester and Uppermill Festival Coffee Concert Series. She has a keen interest in 20th and 21st century song and has performed Messiaen Chants de Terre et de Ciel and Paul Patterson The Sorriest Cow of Capricorn in concert. In 2016, she won second prize in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award for English Song and Poetry.
Upcoming engagements include recitals for Leigh Music Society, Sowerby Music and Keele University, Jacquet de La Guerre’s Sémélé (RNCM Baroque Soloists) and the role of Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi (RNCM Opera).
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