Laurence Kilsby

Laurence is a Tenor and an ABRSM Vocal Scholar supported by the Victoria Robey Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Tenor, Timothy Evans-Jones and Pianist, Gary Matthewman. He is a Drake Calleja Scholar for the 2020/21 academic year and was the recipient of the First Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers (2018). He looks forward to participating in the Carnegie Hall Song Studio with Renée Fleming and Gerald Martin Moore, as well as competing in the Das Lied: International Song Competition in the new year.

Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, studying under Soprano, Bronwen Mills. He won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2009, subsequently making his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on Sky Arts. He appears as a soloist on a number of recordings, including the critically-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers (Schola Cantorum), as well as the Grammy nominated album, Handel’s L’Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato (Gabrieli Consort).

Among his recent engagements is Blow’s Venus & Adonis with Christian Curnyn and theEarly Opera Company (Wigmore Hall) Bach’s St. John Passion with the Gabrieli Consort (Cathédrale de Lausanne), Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Masaaki Susuki and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées), Peter Sellars’ staging of the St. John Passion with Sir Simon Rattle and the OAE (Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg), Handel’s Messiah with Nicholas Chalmers and the Britten Sinfonia (Nevill Holt Opera), Mozart’s Requiem (St. Martin-in-the Fields), Bach’s B Minor Mass with the London Handel Players (St. John Smith Square), Handel’s Esther for the London Handel Festival (Wigmore Hall).

Laurence has appeared in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Amanda Roocroft, Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Kathryn Harries MBE and James Gilchrist and has also given recitals at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and the Cheltenham Music Festival. Operatic roles include; European debut as Apollo/Pastore/Spirito in L’Orfeo (Nederlandse Reisopera), Bud/Phoebus in The Fairy Queen (Waterperry Opera Festival), Cover Lysander for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nevill Holt Opera), Lucano/Famigliare in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Longborough Festival Opera), Post Office Clerk in Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera).