Coloratura soprano Laura Monaghan studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Linda Hirst and Robert Aldwinkle, where she was the Drapers’ and the Robinson Hearn scholar. Laura is a chorister at Finnish National Opera and Opera Holland Park and she has performed recently at St Martin-in-the-fields, Blackheath Halls, Great Yarmouth Minster and Buxton Festival Fringe, where her recital of Strauss’ Four Last Songs was awarded Best Vocal Performance.
As a conductor Laura has worked with several young people’s choirs and the St Thomas More School Jazz Band. She was the Musical Director of the award winning REC Theatre Company for 5 years, conducting and playing for Godspell, School Ties, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and a new musical, Ye Gods!, for which she also wrote the score.
What was the first piece you conducted? Mas Que Nada by Jorge Ben Jor at my high school music teacher’s wedding
What is your favourite piece of music / song? Kiss From A Rose – Seal, a guilty pleasure!
What single thing could you not live without? My voice – does that count as an item? I’d struggle without coffee, too
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? I was very lucky to be taken seriously as a performer and director by Martin Beard, the former Creative Director of the REC Theatre Company
Where did you grow up? Buxton, in the Peak District
For MIO Laura conducts the Hearst Magazines choir.