Ella Taylor is currently studying for a Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a First Class Honours Degree in Music.
With a particular interest in performing and premiering new music, Ella’s recent performances include appearances at the Leeds Lieder Festival Composer and Poets Forum as part of the Day of Song, a performance of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Freya Waley-Cohen’s We Phonecian Sailors at the Royal Academy of Music. Opera scenes include Agnès from Written on Skin, as well as premiering Jonathan Higgins’s Schutzwall, playing the character of Susanne Meyer at the Tête à Tête festival.
Other roles include Miles from Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as performing scenes as the Governess from The Turn of the Screw.
A keen recitalist and collaborator, they have an on-going relationship with the ensemble 4 Girls 4 Harps, as well as being a member of the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Song Circle and a Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata scholar. Ella works regularly with the Strand Chamber Orchestra, most recently performing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with them. Other collaborations include work with Ensemble 360 in Music in the Round’s May Festival, singing John Tavener’s Akhmatova Songs. Commended in the Mozart Singing Competition, they were also runner-up the David Clover Singers Platform Recital Prize, as well as the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize – and a recipient of BBC Chorister of the Year.
Ella is generously supported by the Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Harold Wrigley Alcock Scholarship, awarded by the Royal Academy of Music