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Phil Taylor
Beauty and the Beast

– Posted in: Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2020

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April – times tbc

A juxtaposition of our Industrial Heritage and Nature experienced through ambient jazz piano, electronics and video.

Phil Taylor’s early years saw him playing in Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, working with Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Cleo Lane. He studied composition with Mike Gibbs and Neil Ardley where he developed a fascinated for electronics.

After a career in computing, Phil concentrated on composition: his electronic and jazz ambient works are released on major streaming services, his compositions have been performed by The West Point Band, Swiss Contemporary Music Festival, Annelle Gregory, Kathryn Tickell and The Side, Maksim Velichkin, Nautilus Brass Quintet, Courtney Sherman, CoMA Leeds, Windy Valley Ringers, LivingVoid Project, H2 Saxophone Quartet, Artdesamis Piano Trio, Walking Wiltshire White Horses Project, Livas Clarinet Quartet, and Dr Liana Valente. Larger scale compositions have been workshopped by the Maggini Quartet, Emily Howard, Sally Beamish and Michael Finnissy. Phil is winner of the 2015 YLSS New Music Competition.

Phil plays clarinet, saxophones, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano and has recently played with the Northern Wagner Orchestra, CoMA Leeds, Leeds Haydn Players, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra and chamber groups in the Leeds area.

This new piece, commissioned by Hebden Bridge Piano Festival Festival, is in memory of Phil’s civil partner Tim Taylor Willson.
Tim was a much-loved, very active member of our Board and one of the Festival’s most enthusiastic advocates from its inception. We miss him a great deal.