Gemma Classical Music Trust

Gemma Artists

Paul Arden-Taylor

Paul Arden-Taylor was born in Hertfordshire and studied oboe at the Royal Academy of Music with the late Janet Craxton, simultaneously becoming active in the early music world as a member of the Praetorius Consort.

Upon leaving the RAM with the Leila Bull Oboe Award, he was appointed principal oboe with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra.  He subsequently joined the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra, and has since built a wide-ranging freelance career, including regular work with the Royal Shakespeare Company band and as principal oboe with the English Symphony Orchestra, of which he is a founder member.

His talents as a multi-instrumentalist have kept him in demand for a plethora of recordings, from playing penny whistle in an episode of "The Archers" to a commercial CD of the Recorder and Oboe Concertos by Christopher Ball.  He now combines his performing career with work as an independent recording engineer and record producer.  In 1997 Paul was awarded an honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music.

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