Soprano Laurie Ashworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire. Laurie commenced her studies in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Caroline Crawshaw, with whom she continues to study. She graduated with first class honors in 2006 and was awarded the RNCM Gold Medal, the college’s highest accolade for performance. Awards from The Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled Laurie to complete her Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music. She graduated with distinction in 2008.
In 2010 following an acclaimed performance of Jonathan Dove’s song Full Fathom Five, Laurie was awarded the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In the same year she was a finalist and runner-up in BBC Radio 2’s Kiri Te Kanawa Prize; a nationwide search by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the BBC to find a new operatic star. This led to numerous appearances on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.
Laurie is an experienced recitalist and a highly sought-after concert artist with an extensive repertoire. She has performed at many of the UK’s major venues, and in the summer of 2012 she made her BBC Proms debut in the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet at the Royal Albert Hall.
Aside from numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and Songs of Praise, Laurie’s recordings include the premiere recording of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem (Hyperion 2012), Christmas music by Chilcott with the Commotio Choir (Naxos 2013), songs by Malcolm Arnold for remembrance CD Bright Jewels and Der Ho?lle Rache from Die Zauberflo?te for Granada TV’s The Worst Witch.