Soprano Laurie Ashworth began her studies in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Caroline Crawshaw, with whom she continues to study. She graduated with first class honours in 2006 and was awarded the RNCM Gold Medal, the college’s highest accolade for performance. Awards from The Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled her to complete her master’s in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Patricia Rozario and Janis Kelly, graduating with distinction in 2008. In 2010, following an acclaimed performance of Jonathan Dove’s song Full Fathom Five, she was awarded the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In the same year she was a finalist and runner-up in BBC Radio 2’s Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Prize, a nationwide search by Dame Kiri and the BBC to find a new operatic star. She is an experienced recitalist and a highly sought-after concert artist with an extensive repertoire, and has performed at many of the major British venues.