Music Director

Music Director Andrew Taylor during the general rehearsal for APO’s January 2016 concert

Born in Reading, Andrew started his musical training at the age of 7 as a chorister of Earley St. Peter’s Church, under the direction of the late Gary Turner. Soon after, he began studying piano with Anne Nunn. Andrew was a pupil at Reading Blue Coat School, where another influence, the late Roger Johnson, encouraged Andrew to learn the oboe. After achieving his Advanced Certificate for the oboe under the guidance of Hazel Todd, Andrew continued his musical education at Cardiff University. He studied oboe with Sophia McKenna, played in all the major university ensembles, studied conducting with Huw Gareth Williams and conducted the University Chamber Orchestra. Andrew graduated with a BMus (Hons) degree in July 2001 and was the recipient of the David Evans Memorial Award.

In 2002, Andrew returned to Reading and set up the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) with some like-minded friends. He was Chairman of APO until 2005 and remains its Music Director, having conducted over 50 concerts to date, with repertoire ranging from Albinoni and Vivaldi (directed from the oboe and harpsichord, respectively) through to directing nearly 150 performers for Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. He is committed to promoting young musicians and new music, and has overseen the commissioning of 27 pieces by APO Young Composers Award winners over the last 15 years, conducting the world premieres of 24 of them.

Away from APO, Andrew made his debut with Tewkesbury Camerata in 2015 and will return in September 2017. He is an active supporter of the local arts scene, regularly playing oboe and cor anglais with local societies and supporting Reading Youth Orchestra.