Laurence Kilsby


Highlights in Laurence’s 2023/24 season include debuts with the Opéra Comique, the Opéra de Dijon, Oper Köln and a return to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His concert engagements include Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra/Ivor Bolton & Wiener Symphoniker/Matthew Halls), Handel’s Messiah (Royal Northern Sinfonia/Peter Whelan, Britten Sinfonia/Sofi Jeannin & Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Versailles/Gaétan Jarry) and a Europoean tour of Mozart’s Requiem (Ensemble Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon).

Laurence studied as an ABRSM Vocal Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He was a member of the studio of the Opéra national de Paris during the 2022/23 season. An inaugural Lies Askonas Fellow, he was the winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers and is the winner of the 2022 Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition and the 2022 Cesti Competition at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.

Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, and won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2009, subsequently making his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall. He appears as treble soloist on a number of recordings, including the Grammy nominated album, Handel’s L’Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh. He has appeared in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Kathryn Harries and James Gilchrist and has given recitals at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Cheltenham Festival.

Updated: 30/09/2023

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