Laurie Ashworth

SOPRANO

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

 

Laurie 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. She has also become known as the ‘Chilcott Soprano,’ and features as the soloist on the premiere recordings of both Bob Chilcott’s Requiem (Hyperion Records), St John Passion (Signum Records) and selection of Christmas music with the Commotio Choir, The Rose in the Middle of Winter (Naxos). As a session singer, Laurie has worked on the soundtracks of numerous films including 'Pan' and 'How to train your dragon.'

 

Keen to expand her horizons, Laurie co-founded the vocal duo Eterni Amici with saxophonist Spencer Moran. The duo regularly perform on cruise ships all over the world. Further information can be found at www.eterniamici.com

Laurie also regularly performs at weddings and corporate events. Please feel free to get in touch below to discuss individual requirements. 

DIARY

2020​

September 12th 

Les Angelus (Vierne)

Lincoln Cathedral

October 1st

Les Angelus (Vierne)

Chester Cathedral

October 18th - October 31st (cancelled)

ETERNI AMICI

Norwegian Cruise Line (Epic)

November 1st - November 16th (cancelled)

ETERNI AMICI

Norwegian Cruise Line (Dawn)

November 27th

Recital with pianist John Gough and clarinettist, Rachel Fillhart (postponed)

Lytham-St-Annes

November 28th (postponed)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Bach)

Christmas Oratorio (Chilcott)

Venue tbc

December 12th (postponed)

Nelson Mass (Haydn)

Ambleside Parish Church

Ambleside and District Choral Society

December 13th (postponed)

Messiah (Handel)

Freckleton Methodist Church

Freckleton

FEATURED REVIEWS
'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.
- The Sunderland Echo, Bishopwearmouth Choral Society

'The Creation' (Haydn)

"Laurie Ashworth as Gabriel was quite outstanding. Her virtuosity and exquisite control of the high notes was spectacular.

- MusicWeb International

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

York Minster, 'St. John Passion' (Bach)

"Laurie Ashworth's aria was heart-breakingly ravishing." 

The Kathleen Ferrier Awards 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"

2021

March 20th - NEW DATE!

Requiem (Chilcott)

Invictus (Goodall)

Arundel Cathedral

The Angmering Chorale

March 27th

St John Passion (Bach)

Ambleside Parish Church

Ambleside and District Choral Society

July 17th - NEW DATE!

Recital with pianist Adam Taylor

Harptree Music Festival

St Laurence's Church, East Harptree

August 5th

Recital with pianist John Gough and clarinettist, Rachel Fillhart

St Mary's, Nantwich

CONTACT
For solo bookings:
laurieashworth@hotmail.com 

 

                       

For Eterni Amici bookings:

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

+44 (0)1276 686661