Runner up in the 2019 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition
'...strong sense of gravitas ... lavishing lush tone...'
Simon Holden, Bachtrack
Richard Morrison, The Times
'Laurence's voice was incredible - I was astounded'
Robert Murray, National Operatic & Dramatic Association
Acclaimed for his eloquent singing and lush tone, Laurence Williams is an international Bass-Baritone soloist, specialising in oratorio singing. He was runner up in the 2019 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.
Recent highlights include:
- Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
- World premiere of Stephen McNeff’s The Waking Shadows with Canticum Choir at St Martin-in-the-Fields
- Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Stephen Layton and the Auckland Philharmonia, broadcast live on Radio NZ
- Haydn’s Nelson Mass with John Butt and the OAE.
He trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated with distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma in 2017. He is widely praised for his lyrical tone and engaging communication of narrative. He was a finalist in the 2018 London Song Festival Masterclass.
Recent operatic roles have included Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème (Hampstead Garden Opera), Mr Gedge in Britten’s Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera), Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear (Cambridge Opera Society & Leeds Chamber Ensemble), and Opera Scenes Various (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama).
Laurence is a sought after musician in the United Kingdom, active with choirs such as Polyphony, The Gabrieli Consort and ORA. He is passionate about introducing young voices to choral music and has extensive experience directing children’s and youth choirs.
Please click here to view a list of Laurence's current oratorio repertoire.
Recordings & Videos
Stephen Layton (Conductor), and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded live at Auckland Town Hall, 4 October 2018
Monday 17th October
Mozart C Minor Mass Solos with London Concert Choir at Cadogan Hall
Saturday 12th November
Vaughan Williams 5 Mystical Songs solo with Barnet Choral Society
Saturday 26th November
Dowland - Elizabethan Tales - Consort Leader with Dowland Youth Works
Please click here to view an archive diary of Laurence's solo highlights
Laurence regularly runs workshops for amateur choral singers. His next workshop will be in February 2023 on The Messiah, a much loved work by all choirs.
Further details to be announced in November 2022.