Glasgow-born Taylor is a flautist of immense talent. While still a pupil at St Mary’s Music School he distinguished himself as a performer and won a raft of prestigious prizes, including the 2008 Director’s Recital Prize at St Mary’s, 1st prize for under 19’s from the British Flute Society in 2010, and the Traves Trophy at the Edinburgh Festival Competition.
Taylor is a member of both the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, for whom he is also principal flute, and NYOS and participated as a chamber music performer in the 2009 International Youth Festival in Aberdeen. Described by one teacher as ‘every music teacher’s dream pupil’, Taylor has both raw musical ability and great enthusiasm for making music. As well as being an accomplished soloist, Taylor is considered to be a great chamber and orchestral musician.
Taylor has been accepted into the Royal College of Music in London to study with the head of woodwind, Simon Channing. Taylor writes that he has “a great love for music. I enjoy performing and sharing my passion with others and cannot imagine any career other than music.”
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help towards Taylor’s substantial costs to study in London.
After a successful first year at RCM, Taylor's award was extended for a second year.