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Soprano Laurie Ashworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire.

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

Laurie commenced her studies in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Caroline Crawshaw, with whom she continues to study. She graduated with first class honors in 2006 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 2008.

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. This led to numerous appearances on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Laurie has performed at most of the UK’s major venues, making her Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2014 and her BBC Proms debut in 2012.

Operatic roles have included Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for English Studio Opera, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone for Wexford Festival Opera, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera for Ticino Musica in Switzerland, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Project and First Witch in Dido and Aeneas for Opéra de Dijon.

Laurie has appeared regularly in broadcasts for BBC Radio 2 and 3, in a variety of repertoire ranging from opera arias to musical theatre and wartime songs made famous by Dame Vera Lynn. In addition to this, she is fast becoming known as the ‘Chilcott Soprano,’ and features as the soloist on the premiere recordings of both Bob Chilcott’s Requiem (Hyperion Records), and his more recent St John Passion (Signum Records) due for release later in 2014.

In addition to her oratorio and recording work, Laurie regularly performs back in her home town at both Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors matches. She is the co-founder of vocal duo Eterni Amici with vocalist and saxophonist Spencer Moran. For further details please visit www.eterniamici.com.

Oratorio Repertoire

Bach Mass in b, Cantata no. 4, Cantata no. 11, Cantata no. 51, Cantata no. 77, Magnificat, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven Mass in C
Brahms Requiem
Carter Te Deum
Charpentier Messe de Minuit, Te Deum
Chilcott Requiem (première recording for Hyperion Records 2011) The Angry Planet (world première at the BBC Proms 2012) St John Passion (première recording for Signum Records 2014)
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Elgar Coronation Ode
Fauré Requiem
Finzi In Terra Pax
Gounod Messe de Sainte Cecile
Handel Messiah, Samson, Silete Venti, Israel in Egypt, Jeptha
Haydn, J The Creation, Paukenmesse, Theresienmesse, The Seasons
Haydn, M Requiem
Jenkins The Peacemakers, The Armed Man
Mendelssohn Elijah, Hear My Prayer
Mozart Requiem, Missa in c, Coronation Mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore, Exsultate Jubilate
Orff Carmina Burana
Purcell Dido and Aeneas (roles performed: Dido, Belinda, Spirit and Ensemble)
Rameau Quam Dilecta
Rose Ocean World (role performed: Plankton, Royal Albert Hall 2007)
Rossini Stabat Mater, Petite Messe Solennelle
Rutter Requiem, Mass of the Children, Magnificat
Schubert Mass in G, Mass in Eb
Sondheim Side by Side
Tippett A Child of Our Time
Vaughan-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie, Benedicite
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, Beatus Vir
 

Professional Recordings

 

St John Passion - Chilcott (Premiere recording for Signum Records 2014)

The Rose in the Middle of Winter, with the Commotio Choir - Chilcott (Naxos 2013)

BBC Proms on BBC Radio 3 - Chilcott 'The Angry Planet' (world premiere 2012)

Requiem - Chilcott (Premiere recording for Hyperion Records 2011)

Friday Night is Music Night (numerous solo appearances since Autumn 2010)

Bright Jewels - Malcolm Arnold (a remembrance CD released Autumn 2007)

Der Holle Rache - Mozart (ITV programme, The Worst Witch 2005)

Song Repertoire

Cycles
Barber Hermit Songs
Bernstein I hate music!
Britten On this Island, Winter Words, The Poet's Echo
Bush Five Spring Songs, Three Elizabethan Songs
Debussy Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse
Dove Five Am'rous Sighs
Emmanuel Trois Odelettes Anacréontiques (for voice, flute and piano)
Howells In Green Ways
Messiaen Chants de Terre et de Ciel, Trois mélodies
Moeran Four English Lyrics
Mozart Exsultate Jubilate
Poulenc Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
Roussel Deux poèmes de Ronsard (for voice and flute)
Strauss Drei lieder der Ophelia
Vierne Les Angelus (for voice and organ)
 

 Upcoming Performances

November 12th 2016 Missa in c (Mozart)
St James' Church, Wetherby Wetherby Choral Society
 
November 19th 2016 Missa in c (Mozart)
Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford Waltham Singers
 
January 28th 2017 An Italian Programme
Cockermouth Cockermouth Harmonic Society
 
February 18th 2017 Recital with pianist John Gough
Trinity United Reformed Church, Wigan Wigan Music Society
 
March 25th 2017 Recital with pianist David Murray
St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton Monkseaton, North Tyneside
 
April 8th 2017 Missa in c (Mozart) Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Mozart)
Sunderland Minster, Sunderland Bishopwearmouth Choral Society
 
June 17th 2017 The Creation (Haydn)
Ripon Cathedral Ripon Choral Society
 
September 23rd 2017 Recital with pianist John Gough and clarinettist Karen Slack
Middlewich High School Middlewich and District Music Society
 
October 6th 2017 ETERNI AMICI
Giggleswick, North Yorkshire The Richard Whiteley Theatre
 
October 7th 2017 ETERNI AMICI
Giggleswick, North Yorkshire The Richard Whiteley Theatre
 
October 20th 2017 Recital with pianist John Gough
Frodsham, Cheshire Frodsham Music and Arts Club
 
November 10th 2017 Recital with pianist John Gough
Lytham St Annes
 
December 10th 2017 Messiah (Handel)
Freckleton, Lancashire
 
March 4th 2018 Recital with pianist John Gough and clarinettist Karen Slack
The Derby Room, Turnpike Centre, Leigh Leigh Music Society
 
Bishopwearmouth Choral Society 'Side by Side' (Sondheim)
"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. Her performance of I Never Do Anything Twice was full of wit and subtle innuendo; she was terrific in the comedy duet Barcelona; and her version of The Boy From … (Sondheim’s answer to The Girl From Ipanema) was simply breath-taking.
- The Sunderland Echo 2016
Louth Choral Society 'The Creation' (Haydn)
"Laurie Ashworth’s effortlessly clear and attractive soprano voice covered this demanding part with ease
- John F Smith, Louth Choral Society 2015
Signum Classics, 'St. John Passion' (Bob Chilcott)'
"The other principal soloist is the soprano Laurie Ashworth...Her solos are delivered with lovely tone; there’s a very pleasing warmth to her voice but above all it’s the clarity and purity of her sound and diction that make her so effective. Her voice suits this music beautifully – did Chilcott write the part with her voice in mind, I wonder?!
- John Quinn, MusicWeb International 2015
Naxos Classical Music, 'The Rose in the Middle of Winter'
"Commotio and Matthew Berry perform faultlessly, with arrestingly pure solo spots from soprano Laurie Ashworth"
- Sinfini Music 2013
Wells Cathedral 2013, 'St. John Passion' (Bob Chilcott)
"The other principal soloist was soprano Laurie Ashworth. She impressed me in Chilcott’s Requiem, both live and on CD, and here again she made an extremely favourable impression. She has a warm, attractive tone and the notes and words are delivered very clearly. Her singing in the touching meditation, ‘Christ, my Beloved’ was quite beautiful and she was no less engaging later on in another meditation, ‘Jesus, my leman’."
- Seen and Heard International
York Minster 2013, 'St. John Passion' (Bach)
"Laurie Ashworth's aria was heart-breakingly ravishing."
Wexford Festival Opera 2011, 'The Telephone'
"Laurie Ashworth gave a solid, daffily oblivious, cheerily chirping turn as Lucy."
- Opera Today
The Kathleen Ferrier Award 2010
"With Laurie Ashworth one came to realise that her safe, clean efficiency was only the start: Jonathan Dove's unaccompanied 'Full Fathom Five' was the most memorable item of the evening, and Philine's show-stopper from 'Mignon' did just that - on a high." "...a delectable Strauss soprano in the making."
- Opera Now
"...her unaccompanied performance of Jonathan Dove’s Full Fathom Five was a quite outstanding feat of imaginative energy."
- The Times
Handel's 'Messiah' Stratford-Upon-Avon 2008
"...Laurie Ashworth's singing of I know that my redeemer liveth was as near to perfect as possible."

Song Recordings

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Deh Vieni Non Tardar (Mozart)

Schlagende Herzen (Strauss)

Tiny's Song (Britten)

Resurrection (Messiaen)

Congratulations on your engagement! Now make your day even more memorable!

So you’ve sorted the venue, the bridesmaids and the flowers, and the best man is frantically searching for embarrassing anecdotes to ‘entertain’ at the wedding breakfast.

Now for the music!

Having a classical singer perform at your wedding ceremony ensures your day will be one that you and your guests never forget. Laurie is happy to discuss any individual requirements with you, and help you put together bespoke song choices that mean something to you both. Performances can be with organ/piano (depending on the venue), backing track or even unaccompanied. If you’ve chosen hymns for the ceremony, she will be happy to lead those too. Most importantly, Laurie will take the pressure off you in the lead up to your wedding, and on the day, ensuring that everything is in order. You can just get on and enjoy the most important day of your lives.

Please use the contact page to discuss individual requirements.

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now make your day even more memorable!

So you’ve sorted the venue, the bridesmaids and the flowers, and the best man is frantically searching for embarrassing anecdotes to ‘entertain’ at the wedding breakfast.

Now for the music!

Having a classical singer perform at your wedding ceremony ensures your day will be one that you and your guests never forget. Laurie is happy to discuss any individual requirements with you, and help you put together bespoke song choices that mean something to you both. Performances can be with organ/piano (depending on the venue), backing track or even unaccompanied. If you’ve chosen hymns for the ceremony, she will be happy to lead those too. Most importantly, Laurie will take the pressure off you in the lead up to your wedding, and on the day, ensuring that everything is in order. You can just get on and enjoy the most important day of your lives.

Please use the contact page to discuss individual requirements.


WELCOME! Laurie has recently founded vocal duo Eterni Amici with vocalist and saxophonist, Spencer Moran. Please visit their page www.eterniamici.com close
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