Laurel is an accomplished, versatile, and dynamic Musical Director with a passion for sharing music-making with others.
She is in-demand due to her musical leadership, thorough knowledge of the voice, and extensive performance experience. Laurel also brings her sense of fun, creative play, and humour to every group she works with.
She currently leads several choirs in London, including the London Humanist Choir, King’s College London Staff Choir and Islington Council Singers. She works as an Assistant with Gareth Malone's Hornsey Sings, London Youth Choir and with St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus.
In 2015 she conducted choirs singing the French and Italian national anthems at Twickenham stadium for the Rugby World Cup, and made her conducting debut at the BBC Proms in September 2019, leading one of eight choirs in John Luther Adams' In the Name of the Earth.
Laurel is passionate about getting younger voices singing, holding past posts as Project Director for Dartford Choral Outreach and Curriculum Music Tutor for Southwark Music Service. She currently enjoys working as an education workshop leader for Voces8 and as a Choral Practioner with Voices Foundation in schools across the UK.
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 Peugeot racing bike, Polly, around south London.
Laurel has performed 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.