Laurence Blyth is Musical Director of choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington, and of the annual Sing for Somerset carol service in Wells Cathedral. He was also, until 2017, Musical Director of In Ecclesia, directing liturgical performances at venues including York Minster, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey.
Recent conducting highlights include Bach “Mass in B minor” at Exeter Cathedral (Chorus Master, English Touring Opera) and “St Matthew Passion”,Haydn “The Seasons”, Handel “Messiah”, and a massed-choirs performance of Vaughan Williams “A Sea Symphony”, also at Exeter Cathedral. Plans for 2019-20 include Karl Jenkins “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”, Brahms “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and Mendelsson “St Paul”
Educated at Norwich School, Laurence Blyth read music at the University of Exeter and subsequently graduated with a master’s 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.