Media release: Theatreland entrepreneur creates new opera scholarship


HOSPITALITY entrepreneur, Maurice Taylor – owner of Holiday Inn hotels and La Bonne Auberge brasserie in Glasgow’s Theatreland – is to further his long-standing association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) through the creation of a brand-new scholarship.

In a move which will offer increased support to emerging Scottish talent, the Glasgow-based businessman will sponsor an opera student selected by RCS for three years, through the newly-established Maurice Taylor Opera Scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, says: “Scholarship support is essential in enabling emerging artists of the greatest potential to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, regardless of their personal circumstances.

“We’re incredibly grateful to caring individuals like Maurice Taylor who show their love and support for the arts through helping the next generation of artists hone their craft at Scotland’s national conservatoire.”

Maurice Taylor notes: “It’s no surprise that the Royal Conservatoire is one of the top institutions in the world for performing arts education. Having that level of training for the performing and production arts is fantastic for the city of Glasgow. On a personal level, opera is one of my weaknesses, so it is a great pleasure to be in a position to assist. These students study so intensively that, by the end of the day they are exhausted. That in itself makes juggling a part-time job very difficult so the scholarship will allow them to focus solely on their art.”

Maurice’s relationship with the Royal Conservatoire stretches back over ten years and he first became involved when, together with fellow businessman, Frank Hitchman, they established the Mary Garden Scholarship, a fund for young opera students named after the Aberdeen soprano of world renown.

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