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British concert organist and choral conductor, Edward Taylor is the Assistant Organist and Youth Choir Director at Carlisle Cathedral, England. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Leeds and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He has studied the organ with Nicolas Kynaston, David Sanger and Simon Lindley and attended master classes with Naji Hakim, Thomas Dahl, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and David Briggs. A year at the Strasbourg Conservatoire, France allowed for study with Parisian organist, Christophe Mantoux.

Edward is in high demand as a concert organist, accompanist and chamber musician, travelling extensively in the United Kingdom and Europe. His forthcoming concert venues include Westminster Abbey, London, Cathedral Church of Christ, Durham, Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey, Christ Church, Maryland and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles . Edward’s vast repertoire consists of works spanning five centuries from the Renaissance period to the 21st Century, particularly specialising in music of the French Romantic Period. In 2009, Edward held a fund-raising event in which he completed a 12 hour organ marathon, showcasing 12 consecutive themed hours of organ works from transcriptions and major works to improvisations.

Edward is active as a choral conductor and specialises in choral workshops for children, youth choirs and ‘Come and Sing’ events for adult choirs. He has conducted many large scale works including Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by Coleridge-Taylor and Handel’s Messiah. From September 2015, Edward will take up the posts of Musical Director to the Penrith Singers, Cumbria and the Dumfries Choral Society, Scotland. Edward is also a Musical Animateur for the Government’s Singing Out Project, in which he leads singing in Primary Schools throughout Cumbria, working with 450 children each year. From this, he co-founded the Carlisle Cathedral Children’s Choir, Carlisle Cantate in 2009, who perform secular music regularly in concert venues across Cumbria.
As a Cathedral musician, Edward has directed the Cathedral’s Youth Choir on the televised BBC’s Songs of Praise programme, Radio 4’s Sunday Morning Worship and in numerous concerts throughout Cumbria. Edward has organised and directed the choir on two successful tours to Brittany, France in 2009 and Mallorca, Spain in 2013. Edward has recently directed the choir in the making of their debut CD “God is Gone Up with a Triumphant Shout” in collaboration with Borders Brass which was released in July 2014.

Edward is a Director on the board of the Carlisle Festival LTD which host a series of international music concerts annually in Carlisle and is an Assistant Cathedral Organists Association committee member.

Edward is available for concerts and choral workshops throughout the season, he can be contacted at: edward.j.taylor@hotmail.co.uk

More information about Edward, including audio and video clips, can be found on his website at: www.edwardtaylor-organist.co.uk

Organist Edward Taylor is an excellent collaborator, coaxing from [Ely Cathedral’s] large instrument registrations that are always appropriate in colour and balance. He is also a fine soloist performing chorale prelude on Vom Himmel Hoch by Bach (BWV 738), Pachelbel and Garth Edmundson interspersed throughout the choral programme. His performance of the Edmundson is particularly brilliant.”
American Organist Magazine
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Edward Taylor