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Rosemary Taylor is a young English clarinettist who enjoys a busy freelance career incorporating orchestral playing, chamber music and solo performance. She has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she gained her Masters, studying under Angela Malsbury and Timothy Lines. Prior to that she graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, where she read music whilst holding an instrumental award and choral scholarship, won the Renfrew Prize for music.
She has given numerous solo recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK and across Europe, including performances in the Cambridge Music Festival, Royal Academy of Music Chamber Concerts, Colston Hall, Turner Sims Hall, Windsor Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival and the Stuttgart Music Festival. She has enjoyed participating in masterclasses with Patrick Messina, Andrew Marriner, Robert Plane, Nicholas Cox and Colin Bradbury.
A keen chamber musician, Rosemary is a founder member of the Bryna Ensemble and the Phantasy Trio with whom she has recently returned from Ischia, Italy, performing at the invitation of the William Walton Trust. With the Phantasy Trio she has enjoyed concerts to critical acclaim, including in Beaminster Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Hinckley Music Society, Wycombe Arts Festival, Wooburn Festival, Southend, St Stephen’s Music Festival and Windsor; and working on new commissions.
At the Royal Academy of Music she was awarded the Friends and Benefactors Development Award and won the Nancy Nutall Early Music Prize. Sh was highly commended (2nd) in the Harold Craxton Prize and commended (3rd) in the Buffet Crampon Prize, and most recently has been shortlisted for the prestigious Park Lane Group. She is a recipient of awards from the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust and the Ernest Cooke Trust.
Rosemary, a passionate orchestral musician, is currently principal clarinet of Orpheus Sinfonia, Jubillee Opera, Merriman Orchestra, Ardente Opera, Carmen Elektra, Chichester Pro Camerata and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Previously she has played principal clarinet in the Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia, for operatic productions in Edinburgh Festival and with Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra. With these orchestras she has enjoyed working under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Robin Ticciati, Frank Olu and Trevor Pinnock in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall, major festivals including the BBC Proms, on live radio broadcasts, and tours throughout Europe.
She has also developed a keen interest in the classical clarinet, studying under Keith Puddy, winning the early music prize at the Royal Academy of Music and performing with both chamber and orchestral period groups.