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 also has a wealth of experience directing liturgical choirs at venues around Europe and is in demand as a chorus master and workshop leader around the south west.
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” at Exeter Cathedral. Conducting engagements for the 2019-20 season include Karl Jenkins “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”, Bach “Christmas Oratorio”, Brahms “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and Mendelssohn “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.