Friday,14th February 2020


Friday, 14th February 2020





Dr Andrew Padmore





Miles Taylor


Yorkshire-born Miles Taylor began singing in the choir of Leeds Minster and his association with Opera North began when he was 11 years old, performing as a boy treble in Janacek’s Jenůfa and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. More recently he has sung in their critically acclaimed 2016 production of Götterdammerung, culminating in a BBC live-streamed concert at the Southbank Centre, in a concert tour of Puccini’s Turandot, 2017, in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Miles has also sung a small role in Puts, Silent Night as part of their 2018 mainstage season. In 2019 he has performed in the chorus in Aida, The Greek Passion and La Bohème.


As a soloist Miles has performed a range of oratorio work with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, Harrogate Choral Society, Wolverhampton Choral Society and Swaledale Festival including: Bach Mass in B minor, Duruflé Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Jenkins The Armed Man, Mendelssohn Elijah and Stainer Crucifixion. Miles has also performed the bass Solo in Bach Magnificat for LCoM Choral Society and Mozart Requiem in Symphony Hall Birmingham. On the concert platform, Miles has been invited to present solo recitals in Ripon and Wakefield Cathedrals and has performed in concert for a variety of local charities including: Cancer Support, Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ Community Chest Appeal, the Sailors’ Families’ Society and the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, and in the Swaledale Festival in 2019.


Since achieving success in competitive music festivals across Huddersfield, Harrogate, York and Bingley, Miles has attended Oxenfoord International Summer School run by Malcolm Martineau. Having also completed a BA (Classical Music) and LTCL (Singing), and has a recently graduated with an MMus from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he has sung lead roles in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, Monteverdi’s Il Ballo Delle Ingrate and Walton’s The Bear.







Andrew Padmore is most well-known to audiences in the area as a conductor, being the resident music director of Harrogate Choral Society and Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.  He has been a Cathedral Organist  & Master of Choristers, as well as having played both trombone and violin professionally. His career has also included being Head of Music in a Grammar School, Music College lecturer, adjudicator and ABRSM examiner.

He does however also teach a number of talented singing students.