Laurel is an accomplished young conductor, full of infectious energy and a passion for music-making. She is in-demand due to her knowledge of the voice, performance experience and her dynamic leadership. Laurel has a unique skill of inspiring singers to make music together, and have fun whilst doing so!
In September 2019 she 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, and 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.
As a soprano she has sung with many professional choirs in London, for example with St Martin's Voices, Apollo5, St Paul’s Cathedral Consort, Gareth Malone’s Voices and London Contemporary Orchestra.
Laurel has studied with some of the top groups in the country, completing The Sixteen’s training programme, Genesis Sixteen, and held choral scholarships with Voces8, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at St Mary's Nottingham. She studied Music at Nottingham, grew up in Kent, benefiting from Kent Youth Choirs training, and learnt to play several instruments in her mother's folk band.
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.
In her spare time Laurel can be seen pedalling around London on her purple Peugot racing bike, Polly!
"Laurel is great! She makes music and singing really accessible to everyone - even those who don't read music or don't have a musical background. It's given me loads of confidence!"
Jenny, Kings College London Staff Choir
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.
Kate, Springer Nature Singers
Laurel has taken the London Humanist Choir to new musical heights while providing a fundand 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
"Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts."