The Festival is honoured that the following have agreed to be Patrons of the Taunton Festival of the Arts

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ROGER VIGNOLES

One of Britain’s most distinguished piano accompanists

Roger is deeply committed to working with and

coaching younger singers and pianists: he gives frequent

masterclasses and workshops in Europe, Scandinavia and the

US.

After his 70th birthday in 2015, celebrated at the Wigmore Hall

with a star-studded cast of singers, the website Classical Source

summed up his continuing contribution to the world of music:

“wonderful pianist, superb musician and ace accompanist”.

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elizabeth watts

International Opera and Lieder Soprano for Somerset Song Prize

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terence etheridge - Dance Festival

Patron to the Dance Festival is Terence Etheridge who has had

an extensive career in dance and has performed with the English

National Ballet, Northern Dance Theatre and in various West

End musicals and television programmes. He has taught at

some of the world’s best dance schools: these include The Royal

Ballet School, Ballet West, Rambert School (Principal and Ballet

Master) Urdang Academy (Head of Dance), Hong Kong Ballet,

Icelandic Ballet Company, Royal Swedish Ballet Company,

Finnish National Ballet, Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal) and

London City Ballet. Terence has choreographed pieces for the

Royal Opera House (London), the Vienna Festival Ballet, Cape

Town Opera, Die Fledermaus (Gothenburg), Merry Widow

Opera (Sweden), Don Carlos (South Africa), Chess, the Musical

(Denmark), Sweeney Todd (Finnish National Opera) and New

Youth Ballet.

 
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Anne Walker MBE-Taunton Young dancer of the year

Anne Walker started her first business - a dance school in

Liverpool at the age of 17. Unable to find well-fitting

dancewear for her students she started to make leotards and a

range of dancewear in a friend’s attic bedroom. Fellow dance

teachers wanted to buy the same great quality products, so

International Dance Supplies was born. Now a global business

Anne is able to take a back seat and now mentors dance teachers

and runs business seminars. In 2013 she founded Dance

School of the Year Awards in order to celebrate the achievements

of dance schools all over the UK and Europe.

In 2010 Anne was awarded an MBE for Services to Business and

she is also the recipient of a First Women Award, Every woman

and the American Stevie’s Award. She is Patron of Tap Attack

and Devon Rape Crisis and is delighted to also be Patron of

Taunton Festival of the Arts - Taunton Young Dancer of the

Year.