Rhiain Taylor

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo Soprano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Rhiain Taylor is a postgraduate mezzo-soprano studying at the RNCM under Louise Winter. She is generously supported by Help Musicians UK, The Waverley Fund, The Mario Lanza Foundation and holds an Annie Ridyard Scholarship.

Rhiain began her training at Chetham’s School of Music. She recently completed her undergraduate BMus (Hons) degree at the RNCM, receiving a first. In her final year of undergraduate study she was awarded the Chris Petty English Song Prize and in 2017 was a finalist in The Frederic Cox Award for Singing.

Rhiain’s operatic appearances at the RNCM include Irene in Handel’s Theodora, chorus in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and chorus in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Roles in RNCM’s Opera Scenes include Maid in Massenet’s Manon Lescaut, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Pierotto in Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix and Emilia in Rossini’s Otello.

Professionally, Rhiain performed as a member of the chorus with The Grange Festival for their production of Bizet’s Carmen, as part of the summer 2017 festival. She also covered the role of Mercédès. As a regular oratorio soloist, performances include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. In 2016 Rhiain performed as second alto soloist in Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with Huddersfield Choral Society and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.