UK TOUR WITH ECHO VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Laurel made her debut with new vocal ensemble echo, an acapella group of 12 singers, touring the UK with a programme of new compositions exploring an Alice Oswald's poem, and old and new works reflecting upon the climate emergency.
FOUR OF A KIND
Laurel sings with vocal group, Four of a Kind, in a performance live-streamed from Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames, London
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ONLINE EVENT
Laurel celebrated International Women’s Day with an informative talk and interactive singalong of The March of the Women.
In this interactive session attendees learnt about the historical context of the piece and its composer and suffragette, Ethel Smyth, and felt connected through singing together online.
GUEST APPEARANCE WITH GARETH MALONE
Laurel led the vocal warm-up for Gareth's initiative to keep the nation singing, the Great British Home Chorus.
It was great fun to work with Gareth again, and broadcast live from her sister's shed!
VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEO SUCCESS
During lockdown Laurel has kept the London Humanist Choir connected by creating virtual videos. Their first recording of a Maori song, Pokarekare Ana was a big hit here and in New Zealand, and has over 40,000 views on YouTube.
CONDUCTING AT THE BBC PROMS
Laurel made her Proms conducting debut in Prom 66 with Victoria Park Singers, in John Luther Adams’, In the Name of the Earth at the Royal Albert Hall. She conducted one of the eight choirs in the European premiere of the piece, alongside Simon Halsey and London Symphony Chorus.
GARETH MALONE'S VOICES TV APPEARANCE
Laurel and Gareth Malone's Voices sang on BBC One's A Christmas Story, singing O Holy Night with The Kingdom Choir, the choir who sang at Prince Harry and Megan Markle's wedding, and their conductor Karen Gibson.
CHORAL CONSULTING FOR BBC
Laurel coached actress Saskia Reeves for a BBC One Drama, Roadkill, where the character conducts Handel's Messiah. Laurel spend all day on set with Saskia and "Hastings Civic Choir" making sure the performance was as authentic as possible. The drama starring Hugh Laurie airs in Spring 2020.
WORKSHOPS IN FRANCE FOR VOCES8 FOUNDATION
Laurel led workshops France with Festival de Vezere to prepare 450 children for a massed choir performance with Voces8.
ANNUAL LONDON HUMANIST CHOIR SHOWS
Laurel has conducted annual "One Life" shows since 2013, celebrating secular song and comedy at Conway Hall. Since 2013 guests have included Sara Pascoe, Mae Martin and Ahir Shah.
CITY OF WOMEN
Laurel conducted performances in Leadenhall Market for Open House London in September 2018 of "City of Women" written by Iain Chambers. The piece for upper-voice choir and percussion celebrated momentous women of the city, from 17th-century cross-dressing pickpocket, Moll Cutpurse to present-day figures such as former BBC China Editor, Carrie Gracie, including verbatim texts and music to tell the remarkable stories of these women in their own words.