Laurence took part in the Alderley Edge Festival last weekend. On Friday night it was the recital class "Alderley Young Singer of the Year" for years 10 - 13. Each singer (there were 12 of them) performed three pieces (one classical, one folk and one musical theatre) to a full house in the Alderley Edge Festival Hall. All were in evening dress and Laurence looked suitably dashing in a dinner suit with a beige waistcoat!
He sang "Sento Nel Core", "Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair" and "Luck Be a Lady". The competition was stiff - Laurence was the youngest entrant, and some of the girls had very mature soprano voices singing difficult songs such as Dido's Lament and the big aria from Madam Butterfly.
The adjudicator was Marilynne Davies and she was really fabulous with all the performers, giving some very good encouragement and advice to each of them. Laurence was told, amongst other comments, that he 'seemed very natural on stage', and he was awarded second place.
On Saturday morning Laurence sang "By Mendip Side" in a classical class, also for years 10-13. There were 13 entrants and he got placed 2nd again.
Laurence has been singing in the National Youth Choir since he was 9, and started off in the Junior section for trebles. Now he is in the Cambiata section for boys with changing voices, and he will be auditioning for a transfer up to the Training Choir in September.