Andrew Taylor started his musical training at the age of 7 as a chorister of St. Peter’s Church, Earley. His choirmaster, Gary Turner, along with his piano teacher, Anne Nunn, and the director of music at Reading Blue Coat School, Roger Johnson, were inspirational mentors during his early years. At Cardiff University, Andrew studied oboe with Sophia McKenna and conducting with Huw Gareth Williams. In 2002, Andrew returned to Reading and set up the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) with some like-minded friends. He has conducted over 50 concerts as APO’s music director, with repertoire ranging from small baroque ensembles directed from the oboe to marshalling nearly 150 performers for Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, as well as leading the first performances of 29 APO commissions, totalling over 4 hours’ new music. As a conductor, Andrew has also worked with University of Reading Festival Orchestra, Tewkesbury Camerata, Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra and Slough Philharmonic Orchestra. Andrew is also the proud ‘general dogsbody’ of APO Young, APO’s free fan club for 5-15 year olds set up by his elder son, and a passionate advocate for music education in general. He was recently presented with a Pride of Reading award for his cultural contribution to the town.