Biography

Originally hailing from the Cotswolds, Laurence is currently an ABRSM Vocal 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 in 2018. In September, he will compete in the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.

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 and subsequently made his solo Royal Albert Hall debut, 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).

Since then, he has appeared in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Kathryn Harries and James Gilchrist. Recent solo concert/oratorio engagements include; Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s St. John Passion conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (OAE / German Tour), Lieder Recital at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Handel’s Messiah at Nevill Holt Opera, Mozart’s Requiem at St. Martin-in-the Fields (Brandenburg Choral Festival), Solo recital at the Cheltenham Music 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; Elijah conducted by Masaaki Susuki (OAE), St John Passion (Gabrieli Consort).

Operatic roles include; 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; Ensemble in “Cosi fan tutte” with Nevill Holt Opera, Bud/Phoebus in Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (Waterperry Opera Festival), International debut as Apollo/Pastore/Spirito in “L’Orfeo” (Nederlandse Reisopera).