Caroline Taylor

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music


Soprano Caroline Taylor studies on the MMus in Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music under Louise Winter. Her previous teachers include Anthony Roden and Jonathan May. She has performed in masterclasses with Mhairi Lawson, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside and has received extensive coaching from Brian Bannatyne-Scott and Walter Blair.

Caroline made her professional concert debut in 2012 with Dundee Symphony Orchestra, as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ 'Sinfonia Antarctica'. She has also performed as a soloist with Anstruther Philharmonic Society (Vivaldi’s 'Gloria'), the Kellie Consort (Bach’s 'Mass in B minor') and St Andrews Chorus (Handel’s 'Jephtha'). Opera credits include Governess in 'The Turn of the Screw', Miss Wordsworth in 'Albert Herring' and Coridon in 'Acis and Galatea' (Byre Opera); Yum-Yum in 'The Mikado' (Southampton Operatic Society); Josephine in 'H.M.S Pinafore' (University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society); Aline in 'The Sorcerer' (Peak Opera); Papagena in 'The Magic Flute' (St Andrews Voices) and Blanche de la Force in scenes from Poulenc’s 'Dialogues des Carmélites' (RNCM).

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. Since commencing study at the RNCM, Caroline has worked with Florence Daguerre de Hureaux and Nelly Miricioiu and in November 2016 took part in a Baroque Opera Residency led by Robert Howarth and Michael Barker-Caven at Opera North, Leeds. She is also involved 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.

Upcoming engagements include soprano soloist in Bach’s 'St John Passion' with the RNCM, a summer tour of Scotland with the Kellie Consort and a concert performance of Richard Strauss works at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She also looks forward to performing as a finalist in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss.

Caroline’s studies at the RNCM are generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund and by Help Musicians UK, with whom she is a Postgraduate Award Holder.
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