Originally from Northern Ireland, Laura has recently completed her Masters in Choral Conducting at The of Birmingham under the tutelage of Simon Halsey CBE. Prior to her studies at Birmingham, Laura graduated with BA Honours in Classical voice at Leeds Conservatoire where she primarily focused her singing in opera studies, as well as taking conducting as her major specialism.
Starting as a chorister from a young age, Laura’s passion for choral music prompted her to pursue a path in solo performance. From there, she performed various oratorios, operas and solo recitals. In 2017, Laura was awarded the Margaret Markland Award from the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir and the Diocese of Leeds Choral Scholarship, as well as attaining the position of residential singer for the Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra.
In addition to her vocal studies, Laura also discovered her love for conducting and, since then, has been working alongside choral societies in West Yorkshire. Following this, she was appointed as Musical Director of the Leeds Conservatoire SU Chorus which precipitated her invitation to prepare the conservatoire’s chorus for a ‘Side by Side’ rehearsal with Opera North. Laura spent her final year in Leeds working with Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies and was honoured to be the guest conductor for their 75th anniversary concert. Simultaneously, she assisted various conductors around England, both in an orchestral and choral setting.
Laura is currently the Musical Director for various choruses around England including Divertimento Voices, Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society, Daventry Choral Society and HCS Voices- the training choir of Huddersfield Choral Society. Alongside her Musical Director appointments, Laura has been invited to guest conduct various choruses around the country- including the U.K. premier of Novello’s edition of Ethyl Smyth’s Mass in D with Northampton Bach Choir.
Laura will make her debut as a Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem in May 2024.
“It was truly an amazing experience. The singing really was superb – all our friends and family have said what a brilliant ceremony it was and it is true to say that yourselves played a big part in making this possible. The singing of Here Comes the Bride really took people by surprise – an excellent job as we know this was short notice!”
“Tom and I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for making our ceremony so incredibly special. The key changes in Down to the River were a lovely surprise and sounded incredible! Thank you.”
“Many thanks to all in the choir who made our wedding service so memorable. Your performance was wonderful.”