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Monday 14 October - Caroline Taylor (soprano) & Guy Murgatroyd (piano) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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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 RNCM Oglesby Scholarship, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and Help Musicians UK (Maidment Award).

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 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. Caroline is an RNCM Songster, a 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artist, a Concordia Foundation Artist and a member of the 2018 Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme.

Concert performances include soprano soloist in Vivaldi Gloria (Anstruther Philharmonic Society), Bach Mass in B Minor (Kellie Consort), Britten Les Illuminations (Northern Ballet Sinfonia) and the chamber arrangement of Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Helix Ensemble). Opera credits include Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi (RNCM Opera), Helena/The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Governess/The Turn of the Screw (Byre Opera), 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). Earlier this year, she created the role of Sara in Ben Kaye and Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven.

Future engagements include Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies (RNCM Day of Song) and Bach St John Passion (Chester Music Society). Caroline also looks forward to taking part in the semi-final of the 2019 Mozart Singing Competition, accompanied by Michael Davies.