Laurence Blyth directs four amateur choirs in Devon and Somerset, is a member of the professional choir at Buckfast Abbey and active as a freelance soloist and conductor.
Laurence Blyth read music at the University of Exeter and holds an MA in choral conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. At RWCMD his studies with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris were supported by the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Foundation and the EMI Music Sound Foundation. He also conducted in masterclasses with Edward Caswell, Peter Broadbent, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, John Butt, Robert Dean and the composer Eric Whitacre.
"The assured conducting of Laurence Blyth"
Recent conducting highlights include Requiems by Duruflé, Fauré (Exeter Cathedral), Mozart and Brahms, Bach St John Passion, directing Handel Messiah and Samson from the keyboard, Haydn Creation and Mendelssohn Elijah. Plans for 2014-15 include Handel Dixit Dominus with Devon Baroque, Bach Mass in B Minor and Mozart Mass in C minor.
"a beautifully sensitive countertenor"
As a countertenor, Laurence Blyth’s solo performances have included Bach Magnificat, St John Passion and various Cantatas (Exeter Cathedral), Handel Messiah (Powderham Castle and Teatro Leal, Tenerife), Mozart Requiem, Haydn Missa in tempore belli (Exeter Cathedral) and Harmoniemesse, Vivaldi Gloria and Stabat Mater and Pergolesi Stabat Mater (Powderham Castle). He was previously a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral before singing at Exeter Cathedral for 8 years.