The Creative Team behind
A Passion for Kendal
Director Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor trained at Central School of Speech & Drama and Glasgow University. He taught in ILEA and at Durham University, where he was co-founder of Durham Medieval Drama Group. As Lecturer seconded to the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, with responsibility for Youth theatre and Advisory and In-service Drama, Cumbria County Council, he was writer and co-director of Theatre-in-Education touring Cumbria and conferences and organiser of Arts Festival, Drama-go-Round, for Cumbrian primary schools.
In 2002 he was Co-writer/producer/actor Rainbows Arc Community Musical, which was performed around South Oxfordshire.
As Director of Arts@Trinity, Leeds, he co-organised Leeds Peace Poetry Festival and was founder/director of Streetwhys Theatre for Homeless People, Leeds. In 2009 he directed St Wilfrid of Ripon, Street Theatre, for Ripon Cathedral.
Writer Caroline Moir
Caroline Moir has just completed a PhD in Creative Writing, Glasgow University.
She taught at Durham University, for the WEA, and in schools in Spain, Canada and the UK.
Her theatrical experience includes, Theatre-in-Education, extensive directing and devising of school and youth theatre. She was director of Rainbow’s Ark Community show 2002, Oxford. She has had fiction and creative non-fiction published in print and webzines and BBC Radio Leeds. A founder-administrator of Leeds Peace Poetry, she is co-founder of the Brewhouse Writers at Burgundy’s.
Building on The Kendal Shepherd’s Play, performed 2007 and St Wilfrid of Ripon or a Tale of Two Tonsures commissioned by the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, performed in Ripon and at Fountains Abbey, 2009, A Passion for Kendal is her third street theatre piece.
Designer & Artistic Director Kate Reid
Kate has a BA Hons in Textile Design, Central St Martin’s School of Art, London. She has extensive teaching experience and is currently Tutor/workshop leader at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
She has been involved in costume design and construction for over 20 years - for productions, corporate events and individual hire. She has worked in interior design and art education and continues to work in these areas.
Music Director Anne Pater
Anne has worked with Cumbrian Schools, both primary and secondary, on large musical projects. Her most recent project in 2010 was ‘The Making Music’ spectacle. This took place at Lakes Leisure Centre, Kendal from June 7-10 featuring 1200 children from 29 primary schools from across South Lakeland.
An experienced and talented conductor and composer Anne composed the music for this latest event.
Composer Roland Fudge
Roland Fudge began composing seriously after starting violin lessons at the age of 13. After graduating from Birmingham University (taught by Gordon Crosse and John Joubert) he specialised in violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. His subsequent career as a player in a major string quartet and then as teacher of violin and viola left little time for composing but since 1995 his original ambition has regained its central place and he is establishing a reputation as a composer of individuality and skill. He has recently taken over as conductor of Westmorland Youth Orchestra. His works, in genres sacred and secular, are performed regularly.
Librettist Guy Wilson
Guy has considerable experience as librettist and film-maker. He selected, translated and wrote libretto for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace. He has written a number of other libretti, both sacred and secular, including two published (one recorded) carols, most recently five poems for a song-cycle with music by Philip Wilby. He has scripted over 40 short films for the Royal Armouries Museum and two series on the history of arms and armour for the US History Channel.
He has authored, co-authored, edited and translated books and articles, both popular and academic and antiquarian on museums and his specialist subjects of arms and armour and military history.