Rosemary Taylor enjoys a busy freelance career incorporating modern and period orchestral playing, chamber music and solo performance. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained her Masters, studying under Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines and Ketih Puddy. Prior to that she was at Jesus College, Cambridge, where she read music whilst holding an instrumental award and choral scholarship, and won the Renfrew Prize for Music. She has enjoyed masterclasses with Patrick Messina, Andrew Marriner, Colin Bradbury, Robert Plane and Yehuda Gilad.
Rosemary, a passionate orchestra musician, is currently principal clarinet of Orpheus Sinfonia and enjoys playing with many orchestras throughout the UK and further afield including: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Manchester Camerata, London Contemporary Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Opera de Baugé, London International Chamber Orchestra, The Baroque Collective, Multi-Story Orchestra, Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and Brandenburg Sinfonia. An alumni of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the Aurora Festival, studying with Yehuda Gilad, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme. Her career has led her to enjoy working under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, the late Sir Colin Davis, Sir Antonio Pappano, Marin Alsop and Sir Mark Elder in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, London Coliseum, Glyndebourne and Bridgewater Hall, major festivals including BBC Proms, TV appearances, live radio broadcasts, session work and tours throughout Europe.
She has given numerous solo recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK and across Europe, including performances on BBC Proms Encore and in Cambridge Music Festival, Windsor Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival, King's College Chapel, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Wooburn Festival, Waren Music Festival and the Stuttgart Music Festival. A keen chamber musician, Rosemary is a founder member of the Orpheus Principals and the Phantasy Trio which was founded in 2010. With the Phantasy Trio she has enjoyed concerts to critical acclaim, including in Beaminster Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Colston Hall, St James' Piccadilly, Hinckley Music Society, Wycombe Arts Festival, Orpheus Chamber Platform, Windsor Concert Society, Southend, St Stephen’s Music Festival and Taplow, trips to Ischia, Italy, performing at the invitation of the William Walton Trust, working on new commissions and their debut at the Purcell Room.
Rosemary developed a keen interest in the classical clarinet, studying under Keith Puddy and Jane Booth, winning the early music prize at the Royal Academy of Music and performing with both chamber and orchestral period groups. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Lythe Chamber Music Festival on Classical Clarinet and Chaleaumax, and in 2015 made her concerto debut with the Belsize Baroque Players on the baroque clarinet. She is delighted to have been a participant of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Scheme and most recently performed with the orchestra at the BBC Proms. She has also enjoyed working with Wond'rous Machine, The Baroque Collective, Brandenburg Classical Players, Sinfonia Britannica, Ensemble Denote, Syrinx and Boxwood and Brass.
At the Royal Academy of Music she was awarded the Friends and Benefactors Development Award, won first prize in the Nancy Nutall Early Music Prize, was highly commended (second) in the Harold Craxton Prize and commended (third) in the Buffet Crampon Prize.
Rosemary is most grateful for the generous support of The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, The Seary Charitable Trust, The Macfarlene Walker Trust, The Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, The Richard Carne Trust and Rodolphe Olard & Susan Sinclair.