Laurence Blyth directs four choirs in Devon and Somerset, is a member of the professional choir at Buckfast Abbey and active as a freelance soloist and conductor. He read music at the University of Exeter and subsequently graduated with a masters degree in choral conducting at 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 Eric Whitacre.
"The assured conducting of Laurence Blyth"
Recent highlights on the podium include performances of Bach Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Mozart 'Great' Mass in C minor, Bernstein Chichester Psalms and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (a full list of works conducted in concert can be found here). A keen organist and harpsichordist, he has also directed performances of Handel Samson and Messiah from the keyboard.
Plans for 2015 include Handel Dixit Dominus with Devon Baroque, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
"a beautifully sensitive countertenor"
As a countertenor, Laurence Blyth’s solo performances have included Bach Magnificat, St John Passion and various Cantatas (Exeter Cathedral), Orff Carmina Burana, Kodaly Missa Brevis, Handel Messiah (Exeter University, 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 and was a member of Exeter Cathedral Choir for 8 years,