Musical Director | Audition Pianist | Coach | Vocal Arranger | Copyist
West End, London
Presently the MD & associate musical supervisor at Matilda The Musical, Laurie is a music director for theatrical productions and workshops in London and around the UK. And possibly the tallest.
He also conducted the orchestral sessions for the scores of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, the 2014 movie Pride and the 2022 BBC documentary The People's Piazza: A History of Covent Garden.
AUDITION PIANISTS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME.
With 20 years of professional audition piano experience, Laurie has played for scores of production casting panels and, as musical director, worked with other top-class pianists (and seen oh-so-many examples of how NOT to accompany singers.)
SINGING & REPERTOIRE COACH
LAURIE IS NOT A SINGING TEACHER
And will never pretend to be. He's witnessed some of the best
and, sadly, seen others who really don't cut it. Laurie's skill set, however, does lie in preparing singers in performance and audition technique. He passes on his knowledge and experience not only in London's top theatre academies and music colleges but also guides many of the country's most well-respected actors through their auditions and rehearsals.
From 3-part SSA pop arrangements for BBC's Eurovision: Your Country Needs You, and countless barbershop & close-harmony charts, to (often uncredited) theatrical vocal arrangements, Laurie's writing always serves not just the music and its listeners but also has one eye on every internal line. (There's never an occasion when an alto should have to sit on repeated notes for a chorus and a half.)
Don't even ask how much time Laurie has spent in front of Sibelius over the decades; suffice it to say that he has prepared countless scores and parts for projects around the world.
KEYBOARD & PIANO
MUSICAL CHAIRS & DEPS/SUBS
It's not just about being a musical director. Laurie has worked full time on keys/piano - usually as an associate conductor at the same time - on shows including Ghost, Carousel & The Lord Of The Rings. And he's been a 'dep' (that's a 'sub' to my US friends) on, well, really quite a lot of other West End musicals.
NOW LOOK. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT MUSIC & THEATRE
Laurie's a very proud husband of over fifteen years. And he and Mrs Laurie* are parents to three astonishingly wonderful - and, of course, tall - kids. Apologies (sort of) for any blatant inclusions of family photographs within these pages.
* (Yes, Laurie's wife's name is also Laurie.)