Caroline Taylor

Award: Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music


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. She is generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Lynn Foundation and Help Musicians UK, with whom she holds a Maidment Award.

At the RNCM, Caroline was a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition and 2017 Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss; and she won the 2017 Brodsky Cross-School prize with her chamber ensemble, the Lucrezia Trio. Most recently, she represented the RNCM in the 2018 Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, winning first prize. She is a member of the RNCM Songsters and a 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artist with her duo partner, Anna Chiu. 

Opera credits include the title role in Massenet Cendrillon (RNCM Opera), Governess/'The Turn of the Screw' (Byre Opera) and Papagena/'The Magic Flute' (St Andrews Voices); and scenes as Tina/'Flight' and Suzel/'L’amico Fritz' (RNCM) and Sophie/'Der Rosenkavalier' (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). As an oratorio soloist, performances include Handel 'Messiah' (Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir), Vivaldi 'Gloria' (Anstruther Philharmonic Choir), Bach 'Mass in B minor' (Kellie Consort) and 'St John Passion' (RNCM) and Handel 'Jephtha' (St Andrews Chorus). Further concert performances include Vaughan Williams 'Sinfonia Antarctica' (Dundee Symphony Orchestra), Britten 'Les Illuminations' and the chamber arrangement of Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Helix Ensemble).

This June, Caroline creates the role of Sara in the world premiere of Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye’s opera, 'The Path to Heaven'. She also joins British Youth Opera as Helena in the UK premiere of 'The Enchanted Island'. 

N.B. This biography was published in May 2018.