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"Without doubt, the star of the evening was Laurie Ashworth. She clearly loves singing Sondheim and her silky voice and delicious sense of fun wowed the audience."
- The Sunderland Echo

"Arrestingly pure" - Sinfini Music

"Quite outstanding. Her virtuosity and exquisite control of the high notes was spectacular." - MusicWeb International

Soprano, Laurie Ashworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire.

 

Laurie has established herself as a highly sought-after concert artist, specialising in oratorio, recital and recording, which she combines with a busy teaching career.

 

Laurie commenced her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Caroline Crawshaw. She graduated with first class honors and was awarded the RNCM Gold Medal, the college’s highest accolade for performance. Awards from The Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled Laurie to complete her Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Patricia Rozario and Janis Kelly, graduating with distinction.

 

In 2010 following an acclaimed performance of Jonathan Dove’s song Full Fathom Five, Laurie was awarded the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In the same year she was a finalist and runner-up in BBC Radio 2’s The Kiri Prize; a nationwide search by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the BBC to find a new operatic star.

 

Laurie has performed at all of the UK’s major venues, making her Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2014 and her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. She has appeared regularly in broadcasts for BBC Radio 2 and 3, and Songs of Praise, in a variety of repertoire ranging from opera arias to musical theatre and wartime songs made famous by Dame Vera Lynn. Laurie features as the soprano soloist on the premiere recordings of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem (Hyperion Records) and St John Passion (Signum Records) and has worked extensively with Chilcott. As a session singer, Laurie has worked on the soundtracks of numerous films including 'Pan' and 'How to train your dragon,' and she is regularly on the judging panel for the BBC Young Chorister of the year Competition.

 

Keen to expand her horizons, Laurie co-founded the vocal duo Eterni Amici with saxophonist Spencer Moran. The duo has performed regularly on Viking Ocean Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Fred Olsen Cruise Line. Laurie is currently in the process of writing her own show, which she hopes to take around the world, so watch this space! 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

 

April 7th

St John Passion (Bach)

Manchester Cathedral

April 22nd

Recital with John Gough and

Rachel Jervis

St Mary's Stafford

June 25th

An Evening with Stephen Sondheim

The Fire Station, Sunderland

September 23rd

Magnificat (Bach)

Four Coronation Anthems (Handel)

Hexham Abbey, Hexham

November 11th

Requiem (Faure)

Sandbach Choral Society

November 25th

Messiah (Handel)

Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Lincoln Cathedral

December 10th

Messiah (Handel)

KVU Singers

Freckleton Methodist Church

December 16th

Magnificat (Vivaldi)

Magnificat (Zelenka)

Ambleside and District Choral Society

2024

February 3rd

Private event at Haydock Racecourse

March 23rd

Vespers (Monteverdi)

Tatton Singers, Knutsford

April 11th

Private event at Rolls Royce, Wilmslow

April 20th

Requiem (Fauré)

Requiem (Rutter)

Wigan Choral Society

May 4th

Requiem (Mozart)

Ambleside and District Choral Society

May 11th

Mass of the Children (Rutter)

Come and Sing at St Mary's, Nantwich

May 17th

Recital with John Gough and Rachel Fillhart

Frodsham Music and Arts

June 20th

Recital with John Gough and Laura Jellicoe

St Mary's Summertime Lunchtime Concerts, Nantwich

 

December 8th

Messiah (Handel)

KVU Singers

Freckleton Methodist Church
 

CONTACT
Solo bookings:
sopranolaurie@gmail.com

 

                       

Cruise bookings:

Blackburn International (UK) Ltd
1st Floor East, Marlin, 
459 London Road, 
Camberley, 
Surrey, 
GU15 3JA

+44 (0)1276 686661

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