Sudbrook, Grantham, NG32 3SA
Laura began to play the violin at the age of 3 in Ayrshire with Suzuki violin teacher, Brenda Smith and began to play the piano aged 5. During her school years she performed with The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, National Children's Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, West of Scotland Independent Schools Orchestra, Camerata Scotland and with string quartet, Quartz. While performing with these orchestras, Laura was privileged to perform at many prestigious events such as the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in the presence of HRH Prince Edward. It was whilst with Quartz, Laura performed on a BBC 1 Documentary, Wedding Planners, and on RTE1 programme, Open House, filmed live in Dublin, Ireland. She also performed for former US President Bill Clinton during a lunch event in Glasgow.
During her later school years, she studied with Ian Tyre. In her final year of school, Laura performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto. She then attended the University of Leeds where she studied for a BA in Music. During this time she led many of the university's ensembles, performed as a soloist for the Music Society’s Sinfonia Orchestra, managed the Leeds University Music Society Symphony Orchestra and performed for many of the local amateur dramatic societies, including Leeds Youth Opera, working in an education role training young musicians to play in the opera’s orchestra.
After completing her degree, Laura studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. Here, she studied with Eyal Kless. It was during this time, she was also awarded a LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in Performance (Violin). During her studies at the RNCM, Laura studied “Music in Education.” As part of this course, she worked with the Halle Youth Orchestra, the Halle Education Department delivering workshops to young children and with the Hearing Impaired students of Manchester Academy. As well as this, Laura helped to teach on the GCSE Composition course with a secondary school in Horwich offering expert advice to students composing for string instruments. Laura has always been passionate about education and as such has set up the Oasby Music Group for her students and other young musicians to benefit from the joy of playing together.
Laura’s connection with the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain involves her working with the organisation in a variety of roles from senior residential course staff to Regional Orchestra Coordinator for the Northerlies Regional Orchestra. Having spent 5 years as a member of the orchestra from 1996-2000, where the highlight was playing in the BBC Millennium Youth Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, she then returned to the organisation as a member of staff in 2005 and has since toured China and Italy with the orchestra and was privileged to be involved with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with the Main Orchestra of 2012.
Laura teaches violin and viola privately and in schools on a 1:1 basis with many pupils achieving distinction results in ABRSM exams. She teaches beginners to diploma standard on violin and viola. Alongside this, Laura also works with Nicola Benedetti as her Education Project Manager. Believing in giving back to the musical community, Laura is the chair of the Grantham Music Festival, a representative for the European String Teachers Association and the HLR for ABRSM in Grantham. Laura still plays professionally with the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra and for local musicals.