Laurence studied the oboe and piano accompaniment at Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music, where his teachers included Michael McKenna, Leonard Brain, Janet Craxton, Anthony Camden and Maurice Bourgue. He was a finalist in the first Shell-London Symphony Orchestra Music Scholarship Competition and as a result performed the Mozart Oboe COncerto in Leeds, Manchester and London. After postgraduate studies in France and Germany, he was appointed Principal Oboe in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He was next appointed LEcturer in Oboe at the Canberra School of Music of the Austrailian National University and as a member of the Canberra Wind Soloists performed in all the major cities in Australia and toured Hong Kong and China.
He has performed concertos and chamber music in France, Germany, Holland and Austria. As a member of Ensemble Australis he has given several UK premieres including works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Williamson and Jennifer Fowler.
After many years as Woodwind Co-ordinator for the Windsor Music Centre, Berkshire Maestros (formerly Berkshire Young Musician's Trust), Laurence resumed a freelance career as an oboist, accompanist, ballet repetiteur and teacher as well as writing and arranging music. He currently teaches at St George's School, Windsor Castle, Caldicott School, St Bernard's Grammar School Langley amd Brunel University.
Laurence is accompanist and assistant conductor of Hillingdon Choral Society and Eastcote and Ruislip Choral Society and is also currently accompanying the Uxbridge Choral Society.