Biography

Gloucestershire born Tenor, Laurence is currently an ABRSM scholar 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 accepted his award at the Wigmore Hall in April.

Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum (2008-2012), studying under Bronwen Mills (2008-2017), and in 2009, won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. As a result, he appeared as guest treble soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, performing alongside Lesley Garrett (2012) and the following year, broadcast on Sky Arts (2013). With the Schola, he made a number of recordings on the Delphian label and appears as a soloist on the highly-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Solemn Vespers” as well as the Grammy nominated album, Handel's “L'Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato” with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort.

Since then, he has appeared in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist and John Mitchinson. Recent solo concert/oratorio engagements include; Tenor Servus/Cover Tenor soloist/Chorus in Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s “St. John Passion” conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (OAE / German Tour), Mozart’s “Requiem” at St. Martin-in-the Fields (Brandenburg Choral Festival), Bach’s “B Minor Mass” at St. John Smith’s Square (London Handel Players), Handel’s “Esther” at the Wigmore Hall (London Handel Festival). Upcoming; “St John Passion” with the Gabrieli Consort (Lausanne). Laurence has recently been selected to compete in the Wigmore Hall / Independent Opera International Song Competition 2019 and looks forward to collaborating with Pianist, Bradley Wood, in the preliminary stages in September.

Operatic roles include; Lucano in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Longborough Festival Opera), Post Office Clerk in Peter Maxwell-Davies’ “Kommilitonen” (Welsh National Opera). Upcoming; Cover Lysander for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Ensemble in “Cosi fan tutte” with Nevill Holt Opera, Bud in Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (Waterperry Opera Festival).