Jude Taylor is a composer, lyricist, writer and singer from Leicestershire. His first full length musical Steep Themselves in Night, an ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired ‘mashup’, premiered at The Other Palace in London during October 2018. He has also presented “(Hey) Jude Taylor” in concert at The Pheasantry in Chelsea, and has previously been invited to present his work at one of the Lionel Bart Masterclasses hosted by Mercury Musical Developments. In 2019 he was featured on episode 2 of the 'All That Scratch’ podcast at The Other Palace and released his latest EP, (Hey) Jude Taylor, featuring 5 of his original songs sung by notable West End performers. In May 2020 he contributed a song to 'on hope: a digital song cycle' (curated by Matt Powell and Victoria Saxton, and streamed live on The Other Palace YouTube channel).
Prior to his work making musicals, Jude founded 'The Cognito People’ collective in 2012 with the aim of delivering innovative applied theatre and community arts projects, and went onto work with partners including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leicester’s Curve Theatre and YoungMinds.
Jude is a classically-trained baritone, and since achieving his Grade 8 Singing (with Distinction) at the age of 16 has gained a range of experience in teaching and working with other singers of varying ages and abilities, both on an individual basis and through facilitating choirs and group workshops. Although he works through a diverse range of classical, rock and pop repertoire, his main area of interest is musical theatre and acting through song - in addition to his extensive experience in facilitating sessions for musical theatre students, Jude also worked with actors with West End and international credits through his work as a composer.
Following 6 years of working in the third sector with mental health services alongside his work in the arts, Jude has also developed a particular passion for promoting singing for wellbeing and championing the health benefits of singing, leading him to develop several singing courses/groups for adults with mental health difficulties. In 2019 he gave a TEDX talk on Singing for Wellbeing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama TEDX event.
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