Laurence Osborn (b. 1989) read Music at Hertford College, Oxford, studying Composition with Martyn Harry and Martin Suckling, and graduating with a 1st in 2011. He then studied for an MMus in Composition with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, London, supported by an RVW Trust Scholarship and graduating with Distinction in 2013. From 2013-14, Laurence was resident on the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Soundhub Scheme, where he studied with Julian Anderson. Laurence then went on to study for an MA in Opera Making and Writing with Julian Philips at The Guildhall School of Music, generously supported by The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. He graduated with Distinction in 2015, and held the position of Artist Fellow in Composition for the following year. In September 2018, he will begin studying for a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by Sir George Benjamin.
Laurence won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2017. He was also runner up in the New Cobbett Prize for Composition (2014) and the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (2013). He has won student prizes for composition while studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the Adrian Cruft Prize for Composition and the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition.
Laurence Osborn’s music has been commissioned and/or programmed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera Group, The Berkeley Ensemble, CHROMA, The Composers Ensemble, Consortium5, The English National Ballet, The Hebrides Ensemble, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Nonclassical, Outcry Ensemble, The Riot Ensemble, and Tête-à-Tête Opera Company, along with performers Sarah Dacey, Lore Lixenberg, and Michael Petrov. His music has been programmed throughout the UK, at venues such as The Royal Opera House, LSO St Luke’s, St Martin- In-The-Fields, Milton Court, Wilton’s Music Hall, Riverside Studios, Britten Studio (Aldeburgh), The National Portrait Gallery, The Holywell Music Room (Oxford), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge), and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival, and at Ulverston International Music Festival. Pieces have also been programmed abroad, in Denmark, France, Hungary, and Switzerland. Laurence’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Resonance FM. Laurence also composes for theatre, having written music for productions at the Southwark Playhouse, RADA Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and for the National Youth Theatre’s Epic Stages course. He is a regular collaborator with Flipping the Bird Theatre. As a writer, Laurence’s articles have been published in Tempo and the Institute of Composing Journal.
Projects for 2018 include a ninety-minute opera commission from Mahogany Opera Group, a commission for the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Leverhulme Young Composers Scheme, a commission for Music In The Round from The Royal Philharmonic Society, and a commission from Filthy Lucre. In 2017, Laurence Osborn’s music has been supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, RVW Trust, and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.