Claire Taylor - Leader
Claire Louise Taylor was born in Manchester and came to Scotland to study music at the University of Edinburgh in 1995. She graduated with honours in 1999, having studied violin with Peter Markham and voice with Eric von Ibler.
Claire’s day job is in Health and Social Care, managing teams to support adults with autism and learning disabilities. Claire has a very active musical life outside work. She is well known on the Edinburgh and Borders amateur scene, playing for Orchestra of the Canongait, Scottish Sinfonia, Yetholm Sinfonia, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Chalmers Quintet. Claire particularly enjoys playing for the local am-dram societies and has recently been in the pit for Oklahoma!, Oliver!, Blitz!, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, Carousel, Guys ‘n’ Dolls and many more. Claire also regularly plays for the Nenthorn String Quartet, Scottish Romance Orchestra and leads the orchestras for Edinburgh Grand Opera and Opera Camerata.
Claire is also an accomplished soprano, having performed a diverse range of roles, from Iris in Handel’s Semele, to Sarah Brown in Guys ‘n’ Dolls. She has recently performed as a soloist in Waverley Consort’s performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor and in the Eildon Singers’ performance of Geoffrey Bush’s Christmas Cantata, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.
Claire is mother to twins, Alice and Joseph, who bring her an immense amount of joy. They share a 1/8 size violin and are progressing nicely, and both have a fine voice!