British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree from the Royal College of Music, and recently completed her Master of Performance degree there with distinction. Throughout her studies she has been kindly supported by a TSH Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholarship, a Marjorie Tonks scholarship, the William Gibbs Educational Trust, the Sylvia Harris Award, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and a Countess of Munster Award. She studies with Rosa Mannion. Laura is a Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist.
Laura’s recent concert work has included Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart's Vespers, Vivaldi'sGloria, Handel's Messiah, Walton’s Façade, and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra and a Mahler song project with Roger Vignoles.
Operatic experience includes Mrs Kneebone in A Dinner Engagement (RCM Opera Studio), the title role in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Amastre in Cavalli'sXerse (Ensemble Orquesta), Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective), La Grosse Dame in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal College of Music International Opera School), Zweite Damme in Die Zauberflöte (Broadstone Music Series) and contemporary opera premieres as Angelica in Lara Poe's The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in Sophie Sparkes' Our Perfect Child (RCM/Tête-à-tête). She has also appeared in the Chorus forHänsel und Gretel (RCMIOS), Die Fledermaus (Iford Arts Festival), Eugene Onegin and Tosca (Opera on Location). In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Concepcion, Stephano, Hermia, Ramiro and Xerxes. She has also performed in masterclasses with Ann Murray DBE, Amanda Roocroft, Lynn Eustis and Mark Tucker. Alongside her studies, Laura has participated in a British Youth Opera Workshops with John Ramster and Martin Lloyd Evans, Abingdon Summer School and the Wessex Solo Singers Course.