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, and 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, Windsor Festival, Bury St Edminds Festival, King's College Chapel, Royal Academy of Music Chamber Concerts, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Wooburn Festival, Waren Music Festival and the Stuttgart Music Festival. She has enjoyed participating in masterclasses with Patrick Messina, Andrew Marriner, Robert Plane, Guntis Kuzma, Nicholas Cox and Colin Bradbury. A keen chamber musician, Rosemary is a founder member of the newly formed Radegund Ensemble and the Phantasy Trio, 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, Wooburn Festival, Southend, St Stephen’s Music Festival and Taplow, trips to Ischia, Italy, performing at the invitation of the William Walton Trust. and working on new commissions. She has recently made her debut at the Purcell Room in April 2015, following invitations to perform with the prize-winning Khachaturian Trio.
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, a passionate orchestral musician, is currently principal clarinet of Orpheus Sinfonia, Jubilee Opera Orchestra, Merriman Orchestra and Opera de Baugé; and also enjoys playing with Southern Sinfonia, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Multi-Story Orchestra, London International Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, Carmen Elektra and Ardente Opera. She was selected as a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra 2013-2014, and has previously played with Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia and Manson Ensemble, for operatic productions in Edinburgh Festival and with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra. With these orchestras she has enjoyed working under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Allsop, 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. Recent invitations have included to the Aurora Chamber Festival (Sweden) to study in the highly sought after class of Yehuda Gilad, and the Faroe Islands International Music Meeting.
She has also developed a keen interest in the classical clarinet, studying under Keith Puddy and more recently 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.
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.