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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director
Will Pate

Will Pate

Associate Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Laurence

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 European 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.

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2023 - Oct 2023
Concert Tour
Mozart Requiem Raphaël Pichon (conductor) Ensemble Pygmalion
Dec 2023 - Dec 2023
Handel Messiah Sofi Jeannin (conductor) Britten Sinfonia
Dec 2023 - Nov 2023
The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
Handel Messiah Peter Whelan (conductor) Royal Northern Sinfonia


2024 Colour

Selected Repertoire

BrittenA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)   •   The Rape of Lucretia (Male chorus)
DebussyPelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas)
DonizettiL’elisir d’Amore (Nemorino)
GluckIphigénie en Tauride (Pylades)
MonteverdiL’incoronazione di Poppea (Lucano/Soldato Primo)   •   L’Orfeo (Orfeo/Apollo/Pastore/Spirito)
MozartCosì fan tutte (Ferrando)   •   Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)   •   Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)   •   Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)   •   La finta giardiniera (Il Conte Belfiore)
PurcellDido & Aeneas (Sailor)   •   The Fairy Queen (various roles)
RossiniIl Barbiere di Siviglia (Conte Almaviva)   •   La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro)   •   La Scala di Seta (Dorvil)
StraussAriadne auf Naxos (Scaramuccio)
StravinskyPulcinella   •   The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell)
VivaldiLa fida ninfa (Narete)
WeillStreet Scene (Sam Kaplan)

Sample Programmes

  • “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” — Ernest Hemingway

    A programme centred around themes of naivety, betrayal, lust and corruption Brahms: Unbewegte laue luft, op. 57, no. 8 Saint-Saëns: La coccinelle Wolf: Mörike Lieder - II. Der Knabe und das Immlein Schönberg: Brettl-Lieder - 5. Mahnung - 6. Galathea Stenhammar: Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings mote Clarke: The Seal Man Wolf: Nimmersatte Liebe Prokofiev: Trust me, op. 23, no. 3 Wood: Wild Cyclamen, op. 49 - 9. Horizon Heggie: Eve-Song - 3. Snake Weill:: Complainte de la Seine Schönberg: Vier Lieder, op. 2 - II. Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm Britten: Fish in the unruffled lakes Britten: Canticle I: My beloved is mine Clarke: The Tiger Heggie; Natural Selection - 2. Animal Passion



  • Schubert L'autre voyage

    Opera Comique
    Feb 2024
    • À ses côtés, le ténor Laurence Kilsby qui offre une nuance délicate à son chant.

    • le ténor Laurence Kilsby, tout en finesse, et le grandiose Stéphane Degout, en majesté, tout simplement bouleversant. [translated] the tenor Laurence Kilsby, full of finesse, and the grandiose Stéphane Degout, in majesty, quite simply overwhelming.