Biography

Laurence Blyth is the Musical Director of choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington, and of the Somerset Community Foundation’s annual Sing for Somerset event 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), Bach “St Matthew Passion” (for the 150th anniversary of Exmouth Choral Society) and a massed-choirs performance of Vaughan Williams “A Sea Symphony”, also at Exeter Cathedral. In the first half of 2018 he will conduct performances of Haydn “Creation”, Handel “Messiah” and Rossini “Petite Messe Solennelle”.
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.
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