Dean Close pupil, Laurence Kilsby, has won a scholarship to study Singing at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones. Laurence, who won the BBC2 Young Chorister of the Year Competition in 2009, was also offered scholarships by The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Laurence first came to Dean Close School in 2008 as a member of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and under the direction of Benjamin Nicholas toured in the USA, France and Germany and made a number of recordings on the Delphian label. He appears as a soloist on the highly-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers and has sung the treble solos in Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’s German Requiem, as well as the Grammy nominated album ‘Handel’s L’Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato’ with the Gabrieli Consort.
As a tenor he has sung the Tenor solos in Bach’s Magnificat at the Pittville Pump Rooms, as well as the Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey and various Classical concerts at Dean Close. He has been taught by Bronwen Mills throughout his time at the School and has had master classes with singers including Sarah Connolly, James Gilchrist, John Mitchinson, Robert Dean and Russell Smythe. Laurence is a keen cellist and pianist and has been a key member of the drama department at Dean Close, playing lead roles such as Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, C.K Dexter Haven in Cole Porter’s ‘High Society’, Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ and Don Lockwood in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. Laurence was accepted into the Welsh National Opera’s Youth production for 2016, a new commission called ‘Kommilitonen!’ which received much praise, including a five star review from the Guardian.
Director of Music, Helen Porter, said: “It is very rare for a school to have such a naturally gifted and intuitive tenor, and it has been a pleasure to watch him grow as a musician and consummate performer during his years at Dean Close. We are convinced he has an amazing future ahead.”
On receiving his place at the Royal College, Laurence said: “I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to continue my passion for singing and performing. I am very excited about living and studying in London and progressing, hopefully, into the profession.”
Watch a Clip of Laurence at the Spring Concert
Laurence Performed Mozart’s Dalla Sua Paceat the Spring Concert whichwhich took place in
Pittville Pump Room this February.