Laura studied horn with Angus West at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and with Lindsey stoker at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was awarded distinctions in chamber music, professional attachment (with Welsh National Opera) and education projects. She now has a portfolio career, combining work for North Bristol NHS Trust as their Fresh Arts Music Programme Manager (since August 2019), with freelance commitments as a musician, teacher and community musician, with current and recent employers including; The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Bristol Ensemble and St George’s Bristol. In 2016 Laura formed a2 Horn Duo with fellow Horn player Hannah Caldecott and the pair enjoy performing regularly for a wide variety of clients including Southmead Hospital Charity, Bristol Junior Chambers (BJC) and Lilliput Concerts Cheltenham and Bristol. a2 also expands to a4 Horn Quartet, featuring special guest performers Iestyn Porter and Hannah Stonelake. Laura also performs regularly with her Brass Quintet Cabot Brass.
In September 2014, Laura was delighted to accept a part time role as Education Manager at St George’s Bristol. The venue subsequently achieved a ‘Best Family Venue’ award for its work in the 2015 Get Creative Family Arts Festival and awards for ‘Best Family Welcome’ and ‘Best Age Friendly Event’ (working together with the Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass Ensemble) for work delivered during the 2016 Festival. St George’s Bristol was nominated for a further ‘Best Family Welcome’ award in 2018. Laura left this post in April 2019 in order to expand her practice into a more diverse client base, for example; working with young disabled musicians, post 18 students and delivering music in healthcare settings. Laura continues to work for St George’s Bristol on a freelance basis and has presented the venues MiniBeats concert series for children and families since 2011.
Prior to and during her time at college Laura was the recipient of awards and scholarships including: The David James Award, The Simon Clarkson Prize, a Wolfson Foundation Instrument Award and The Zochanis Scholarship. From 2002 to 2005 Laura’s studies at the RNCM were made possible by funding she received from ‘The Cressy Foundation’. Laura is also a grateful recipient of support from the Royal Society of Musicians.
In addition to teaching privately, Laura teaches horn for Redmaids’ High School in Bristol. She also directs and coaches ensembles and was Co-Founder and Co-Musical Director of the Bristol School’s Symphonic Brass Ensemble (BSSBE).