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
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
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.