Sunday 14th November
by Lawrence Gillians
Pianist: Francesca Lauri
Lawrence Gillians is a bass-baritone currently studying at Trinity Laban with Neil Baker and Kelvin Lim, where he is kindly supported by the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. He is a member of the Philharmonia Chorus with which recent performances include Mahler 8 and a Proms performance of Rachmaninov’s the Bells/Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. He has also sung with the choruses for New Sussex Opera and Blackheath Opera. His solo work includes Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel and Five Mystical Songs, Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring, Bach’s Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet!, Mozart’s Requiem and Stainer’s Crucifixion. Operatic roles include Zalzal (l’etoile), Speaker/2nd Armed man (Die Zauberflote), Sergeant Meryll and the Lieutenant (Yeomen of the guard), and he recently created the role of A.J. Martinez in John Sturt’s new opera, Minutes to Midnight, in last year's Tete a Tete Festival. He has also sung Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Truffaldino (Ariadne Auf Naxos) and Sagristano (Tosca) for Trinity Laban opera scenes.
Francesca Lauri, 20, is currently studying piano at Trinity Laban in her third year. She was the recipient of the Lee Family and Gladys Britton Scholarships in her first year and currently holds a Trinity Scholarship. She is studying with Sergio De Simone, head of the keyboard department.
Previously, Francesca attended the Purcell School of Music where she studied piano with Andrew Ball and harpsichord with David Gordon. She regularly performed at the Fazioli Hall, Italy, and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow, as part of the biannual keyboard festivals. She was also awarded the Leaver’s prize: the ‘Felsenstein Scholarship’.
In 2016 Francesca performed at the Wigmore Hall for the Chamber Music Series and as a soloist. She returned in duo in 2018.
Francesca regularly collaborates with singers and recently won the ‘Lillian Ash French Song Competition’ at Trinity with regular duo partner, Bethan Terry, adjudicated by Roger Vignoles, as well as being commended by Malcolm Martineau the year before. She was also a finalist with baritone, Michael Temporal-Darrell, in the 2019 Somerset Song Competition.
Francesca has also been collaborating with her father, co-leader of the LSO, Carmine Lauri. They performed a series of recitals as part of the LSO ‘Summer Shorts’ Concert Series in 2020 as well as releasing online videos for their ‘Coffee Morning’ concerts during the first Lockdown. They recently performed a private concert for the LSO Patrons at LSO St. Luke’s.