Originally hailing from the Cotswolds, Laurence is currently an ABRSM Vocal Scholar supported by the Victoria Robey Scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, under the tutelage of Tenor, Timothy Evans-Jones and Pianist, Simon Lepper. He was the recipient of the First Prize and the Norma Procter Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers (2018) and recently competed in the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.
He is most recently a Lies Askonas Fellow at Askonas Holt and in coming seasons, he will make stage debuts with the Nederlandse Reisopera and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, studying under Soprano, Bronwen Mills. He won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2009, subsequently making his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on Sky Arts. He appears as a soloist on a number of recordings, including the critically-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers with the Schola Cantorum, as well as the Grammy nominated album, Handel's L'Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato (Gabrieli Consort).
Among his recent engagements is Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s St. John Passion with Sir Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Handel’s Messiah at Nevill Holt Opera, Mozart’s Requiem at St. Martin-in-the Fields, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St. John Smith’s Square with the London Handel Players, Handel’s Esther at the Wigmore Hall for the London Handel Festival. Upcoming; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Masaaki Susuki and the OAE, St John Passion with the Gabrieli Consort and Haydn’s The Creation with Arcangelo. Laurence has appeared in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Kathryn Harries and James Gilchrist and has also given recitals at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Operatic roles include; Bud/Phoebus in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Waterperry Opera Festival), Cover Lysander for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nevill Holt Opera), Lucano/Famigliare in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Longborough Festival Opera), Post Office Clerk in Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera). Upcoming; Apollo/Pastore/Spirito in L’Orfeo (Nederlandse Reisopera).