Laura began to play the violin at the age of 3 with local Suzuki violin teacher, Brenda Smith. She then 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 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 with the school string orchestra. Laura then attended the University of Leeds where she studied for a 3 year 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 Orchestra, 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 expertise advice to students composing for string instruments.
Currently, Laura works in a primary school as a teacher. Here, she has responsibility for the school orchestra, chamber group and string ensemble. She also plays the piano for school productions and assemblies.
Laura’s connection with the National Children’s Orchestra involves her working with the organisation in a variety of roles. Having spent 5 years as a member of the orchestra from 1996-2000, she returned to the organisation as a member of the Social Staff in 2005, looking after the children in a pastoral care role. She was invited to work with the orchestra on their first international tour to China in 2006 to the Beijing International Music Festival and again in 2008 to travel to Italy with the orchestra to play at the Walton Festival at La Mortela, Ischia. As well as her role as Social Staff on the residential courses, Laura also began volunteering at the Northerlies Regional Orchestra in 2005. 8 years on and Laura now coordinates the North Regional Orchestra (since 2008) with its Director of Music, Chris Bradley and works as a member of Senior Staff (since 2011) on the residential courses. All these roles involve close liaison with the NCO Head Office, parents, children and other members of staff: administration, music and social.
Laura has taught violin and piano privately on a 1:1 basis for the past 8 years with pupils achieving distinction results in ABRSM exams. She teaches from complete beginners to the more advanced grade 7/8 and diploma standard on both instruments. Pupils start as young as 3 and there is no upper age limit!
Laura also teaches music theory along with lessons and enters pupils for music theory exams up to Grade 5.