14th February 2025

"A Concert for Valentine's Day"

Miles Taylor, Bass with Linda Hinchliffe, Piano


Miles Taylor

Yorkshire-born bass Miles Taylor sang as a boy treble for Opera North’s Jenufaand The Magic Flute, and Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro Die Zauberflote, Smirnov The Bear (Walton) & Mr Peachum The Beggar’s Opera (Britten) during his MMus studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His association with the Chorus of Opera North has continued across their critically acclaimed concert staging of Gotterdammerung, culminating in a BBC live-streamed concert at the Southbank Centre (2016), Turdandot (2017), Silent Night (Puts), broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (2018), Aida (2019) & Parsifal (2022).

On the main stage he has sung for the Company in Un ballo in maschera (2018), The Greek Passion, La Boheme (2019), Carmen (2021), La Traviata (2022) and in 2024 Simon Boccanegra. In 2023 Miles joined the ensemble at the Royal Opera House for Aida & as a monk in Don Carlo, also for the 2024 tour of Japan singing Rigoletto and Turandot in the chorus. He recently joined Welsh National Opera for Ainadamar as cover for Jose Tripaldi and in spring 2024 covered Guglielmo in their production of Cosi Fan Tutte.

As a soloist Miles has performed a range of oratorio repertoire with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, Harrogate Choral Society, Birmingham Festival Chorus, Wolverhampton Choral Society and Swaledale Festival: including Bach’s mass in B minor, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stainer’s Crucifixion.

He also sang the bass solo in Bach’s Magnificat for Leeds Conservatoire Choral Society, & has performed Mozart’s Requiem at Symphony Hall in Birmingham for Merchant Taylor’s School remembrance Centenary concert & also at York

We welcome Miles on his second visit to Boston Spa Methodist Church Lunchtime Concerts.



Linda Hinchliffe

Linda was born in Leeds and began piano lessons aged 4. She completed her studies at London College of Music under the direction of William Lloyd Webber, gaining two diplomasand a degree in 1975.

Linda’s musical career spans five decades. She has taught music to all ages, performed regularly with amateur societies in the pit and as Musical Director for numerous shows, including “My Fair Lady”, “Oh, What a Lovely War” and “Oliver”.

Linda worked for Leeds Education Artforms as a peripatetic pianist, part time teacher and was accompanist for many production with The Leeds Youth Opera, including Mozart’s Magic Flute, Idomeneo, the European premier of Appamatox by Philip Glass and Les Miserables to name a few.

She is now freelance, and available for weddings, funerals and concerts.

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