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Matthew Taylor was born in London in 1964. He won a Music Scholarship to Queen’s College, Cambridge in 1983, where he studied with Robin Holloway and conducted the university orchestras. In 1986 he was awarded the conducting Scholarship to Guildhall School of Music and, after further studies as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, gained the DipRAM, their highest award. He also studied with Leonard Bernstein and conducted with Bernstein, and later received special encouragement from Robert Simpson and Sir Malcolm Arnold.
He has recorded several times for BBC Radio 3, appeared as Guest Conductor with the English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and has conducted orchestras in St Petersburg. He has recorded for Hyperion Records and the Dutton label. His world premiere CD of Simpson’s 11th Symphony was selected by BBC Radio 3 and Gramophone as a Record of the Year in 2004. He has been a champion of much 20th century neglected British music.
Matthew was Composer-in-Residence and Artistic Director of the Malvern Festival (1992-95) and Associate Composer of Sound Collective (2003-05). In 2009 he became Artistic Director of the St Petersburg British Music Festival. Recent performances include the world premiere of his Second Symphony with BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition his first and third symphonies were released on Dutton Records to great critical acclaim. Commissions for 2011-12 include a Viola Concerto for Sarah Jane Bradley, a Violin Concerto for Madeleine Mitchell, a Clarinet Trio and a large string orchestra work for the 2012 Presteigne Festival.
Matthew is acknowledged and regarded as one of the leading symphonists and string quartet composers of his generation. The widely performed Symphony no 1 (1985) led to a number of important commissions. His works have been championed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Allegri and Dante Quartets and others. His music has been recorded by Toccata Classics, Dutton Epoch and ASV. To date he has written three symphonies, concertos for clarinet, piano, horn and double bass, seven string quartets, a piano trio, other chamber music and songs. His music has been played in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Russia, United States of America and the Baltic states.
The orchestra rehearses Mondays 18:45-21:00 in the Shaw Library. Auditions take place at the start of term, but let us know if you think you have missed out since new members of the right calibre are always welcome.
We give two concerts per year - the Christmas concert at the end of Michaelmas term, and the Easter concert at the end of Lent term.
Recent repertoire has certainly been tough – Beethoven symphonies 3 and 5, Mahler Symphony No 4, Dvorak Cello Concerto, Brahms Double Concerto and Sibelius Suite no 2 from The Tempest – but nothing really good ever comes easily.
Conductor Matthew Taylor makes sure we are up to scratch and keeps you engaged with his flamboyance and passion. We welcome various young professionals as soloists, and usually sit back and marvel at their brilliance.
There is a welcoming and friendly environment at orchestra, with the Music Society putting on regular socials.
The orchestra has given world premieres in recent years by Cyril Lloyd, Jude Carlton and Toby Young as well as works by Malcolm Arnold, David Matthews, and Matthew Taylor.
A few chamber ensembles have been formed after meeting at orchestra, the Jadamari String Quartet for instance, and members are presented with all manner of extra performance opportunities.
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