'Electrifying' - 'Stunning' - 'Emotive'
Being born to a profoundly Deaf mother and a tone-deaf father, becoming a classical musician was not the obvious career choice, however Laura has always been musical from an early age and as she grew, her love of performing, in particular singing, has flourished into a passion which she has followed to become a classical singer.
She was awarded several musical scholarships at school including the Norah Phillips Trophy for musical excellence and became a regular performer for the Merchant Venturers of Bristol and the Lord Mayor of Bristol. She also won The Longwell Green Eisteddfod Light Opera Cup, The Bristol Eisteddfod Championship Cup, The Midsomerset Festival’s Muriel King Vocal Award and the May King Memorial Trophy.
Laura subsequently studied Music, with a major in Performance, at the University of Bristol, graduating with a BA Music (Hons). Here she performed with many of the university’s musical groups and developed her Opera skills through her association with the university’s active Opera society and her teacher, the celebrated Mezzo-Soprano, Angela Hickey.
Her career at UoB saw her perform in an array of locations including Barcelona, Berlin, London and Edinburgh. Whilst at university, Laura performed Tytania in a sold-out production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a production sponsored by the Britten-Pears Foundation.
Laura went on to complete her Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of the excellent Welsh Soprano, Gail Pearson. Here she became an active student scholar for the BBC National Chorus of Wales and performed for the BBC Christmas broadcasting programmes, the BBC Proms, the BBC Ten Pieces Project alongside BBC NOW, and with BBC Dr Who for their Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour. She has performed solos for BBC NCW on both BBC Radio 4 and BBC One and Two.
In 2019, Laura co-founded a new company, Opera Kipling, producing and performing in, Love Me Out: The Opera. This production was an inventive retelling of Mozart’s classic, Cosi Fan Tutte, using references from modern culture such as reality dating shows and selfies! Opera Kipling performed both in London and the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. She is hoping to perform again soon with O.K. after the pandemic…
When she’s not performing, Laura enjoys knitting all year round, as well as running on a regular basis. She has previously run for charities such as Streetwise Opera and Cancer Research UK. Laura is always keen to explore new works and has a lot of experience working with living composers and using extended vocal techniques. She has a penchant for Modern Opera as well as performing the classics.
Laura was first introduced to the genre of Opera by her Grandmother when she was 14. It is due to her that Laura chose to follow a career predominantly in Opera. In 2009, Laura’s Grandmother suffered a succession of severe strokes and has since needed an immense amount of daily personal care. Since this development, Laura has worked with several charities to help provide music to those less able to access live music in a traditional setting including Music in Hospitals and Streetwise Opera.
She is a current member of the charity organisation, Live Music Now, which specialise in providing live music for a variety of people who for different reasons would not normally have access to live music. She is a holder of a current DBS certificate, a child-protection and safeguarding certificate and is a Dementia Friend.
This year, Laura has decided to raise money for the Stroke Association UK as the research and support which they provide is invaluable to the survival of relatives, such as her Grandmother, and she is eternally grateful to have the woman who inspired her to keep singing still around thanks to their hard work.