Laurel is an accomplished, versatile, and inspiring Musical Director with over ten years of experience in music leadership.
She is dynamic, full of infectious energy and has a true passion for music-making and is in-demand due to her knowledge of the voice, extensive performance experience, and her creative and adaptable teaching skills.
In September 2019 Laurel conducted at the BBC Proms, leading one of eight choirs in John Luther Adams' In the Name of the Earth. She has held an Apprentice Conductor position for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, consulted for BBC One, led performances for Open House London, and fixed singers for Amazon's Christmas advert. In 2015 she conducted choirs singing the French and
Italian national anthems at Twickenham stadium for the Rugby World Cup.
She currently leads the London Humanist Choir, Springer Nature Singers, King’s College London Staff Choir and Islington Council Singers. She works as an Assistant Leader with Gareth Malone's Hornsey Sings, London Youth Choir and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus. As a skilled pianist she accompanies her own choir rehearsals.
Laurel is passionate about getting younger people singing, and has held posts as Project Director for Dartford Choral Outreach and Curriculum Music Tutor for Southwark Music Service. She now is in demand as an education workshop leader, working with Voices Foundation and Voces8 Foundation.
She continues to study conducting with the Association of British Choral Directors, and worked for several years for Music in Offices. She is committed to diversifying choral music programmes, with music by composers from all backgrounds.
In her spare time Laurel can be seen pedalling on her purple Peugot racing bike, Polly, and walking her pet chihuahua around the parks of south London.
Laurel has performed, recorded and broadcasted with many professional choirs in London, for example London Contemporary Orchestra, St Martin-in-the-Field's Voices, Philharmonia Chorus, National Portrait Gallery Choir, and St Paul’s Cathedral Consort.
She has toured the UK and made several TV and radio appearances with Gareth Malone's Voices, performed in Europe with Apollo5, and was lucky enough to sing with The Rolling Stones in 2012 at the 02 as part of the choir for "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
She has studied on The Sixteen’s training programme, Genesis Sixteen, and held choral scholarships with Voces8 and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and studied Music at the University of Nottingham. She grew up in Kent, benefiting from Kent Youth Choirs training, and playing in Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra, learning to play several instruments in her mother's folk band.
Laurel is known for her versatility, with her upper vocals having a unique and ethereal sound, whilst she maintains presence and expression in her lower range. She can sight-read music fluently or learn by ear, is used to memorising parts quickly for professional performance, and experienced at home recording.
Laurel has taken the London Humanist Choir to new musical heights while providing a fun and engaging experience for our community choir. Her creative rehearsal techniques allow her to continuously challenge us in a positive atmosphere.
Laurie, Chair of London Humanist Choir
Laurel is an incredibly versatile performer who can easily switch between many different styles. Equally skilled across classical, pop, jazz and folk genres as a singer, educator and director, she is an excellent all-round musician and is a joy to work with.
Greg Link - Singer, Educator & Arranger, & Bass of British Vocal Group, Apollo5
Laurel has a talent for instantly creating a warm atmosphere, where all choir members feel immediately comfortable. She brings a fantastic sense of humour to every rehearsal and performance. Our weekly lunchtime rehearsal with her always brightens up my day.