Laurie O’Brien

Laurie had a musical childhood growing up in South Wales, competing in Eisteddfodau from the age of 5 and beginning piano lessons at the same age with Darya Brill-Williams. In 1999, at the age of 11, she joined the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she received vocal tuition under Marilyn Rees.

During her years as an undergraduate studying French and Music at Royal Holloway University of London, she received piano tuition under Matthew Stanley and continued to specialise in accompaniment, working alongside friends and fellow students in recitals and concerts as well as acting as repetiteur for the Royal Holloway Savoy Opera Society. In 2009, she co-founded registered charity Opera Holloway, with whom she currently holds the role of repetiteur.  Laurie has accompanied vocal masterclasses given by Rosalind Plowright OBE, Janis Kelly and Dame Felicity Lott, and has performed in a variety of venues around the UK, including Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the Pavillion Theatre at Buxton Opera House and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Summer 2014 she will be performing at the Opera de Bauge festival in France. Laurie passed her postgraduate studies in music with distinction in September 2012 and now holds the post of accompanist with Chigwell Choral Society, Bowes Park Choir and Wimbledon Light Opera Society.