Laurence read music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was the recipient of both Choral and Academic scholarships. After graduating, he gained a DipABRSM in piano performance and a further DipABRSM in singing and has taught for the last ten years in schools and privately. He continued his studies, firstly completing the Graduate Teaching Programme in secondary classroom music with the Institute of Education (graded as ‘Outstanding’) and secondly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating with a MMus with distinction in singing. He now combines his teaching with a career as an accompanist and operatic tenor, working with a range of smaller and more established companies and festivals. In his teaching, he aims to be led as much as possible by the students’ own interests and goals, and is equally at home with grade exams or with more individual frameworks.
Below are a number of recordings of pieces from various grades (performed on my Kawai grand at my home). If you or your child is preparing for taking exams, it might be useful to get an idea of how the technical difficulty matches the grade, and the sort of character and articulation that is expected of different styles and periods.
Grade 1 Repertoire
Grade 2 Repertoire
Grade 3 Repertoire
Grade 4 Repertoire
Free Repertoire (more advanced)