Frequently asked Questions

If there are any other questions that you like to ask which are not answered on this page, please contact me

What areas do you cover?

I am happy to travel around the UK and internationally, but I am primarily based in London and Sheffield.  If I need to travel for your event, the expense would be added to your quote.  I do not currently drive, so therefore it would most likely be by public transport. 

 

How far in advance should I book you?

Please check my availability page first, but in general, the sooner the better as it is a first come first served basis.  

Will I need to provide an accompanist? 

If you wish to have a pianist or organist to perform for your event and accompany me, please firstly check whether the venue has a piano/organ, then if you contact me I am more than happy to find/recommend an accompanist for you.  Alternatively, I could provide backing tracks for my repertoire.

What sound system do you require?

This depends on how large the venue is and what the acoustic is like.  I can provide a small portable sound system which does carry very well, but if the event is outside or the venue is big, then I may ask you to provide a larger sound system.  I normally do not need a microphone, as I am trained to project my voice without one. However, similar to the sound system, if the event is outside or the acoustic is very dry, then I may need a microphone.  If you are not sure whether you will need to provide a microphone or a larger sound system, then please do not hesitate to ask and I will try my best to assess the venue.  

How many songs would you suggest for my event?

Obviously this depends on the function, but I am happy to sing as many songs as you would like.  For a wedding for example, I would suggest about three songs - one before the bride enters, one as the bride enters and one during the signing of the register. If you would like more, then I am happy to discuss. 

Will you need a rehearsal in the venue on the day?

Yes! It is important that I go through all songs to be performed and do any sound checks required, so that I know everything's going to go smoothly.  

How much will it cost?

For a ceremony such as a wedding or funeral, my base rate is £150.  Expenses such as travel and additional songs may  be added on, but I will need all of the details before I can provide you with a quote.  

As you can see from my website, I am primarily training to be an opera singer, and these events are to help me raise funds for my postgraduate course.  If you would prefer to sponsor me through your event, then please see my Support page.

What payment method should I use?

Laura will accept payment via bank transfer, cheque or cash.  A 50% non-refundable deposit is normally required on booking, so that I can sort travel arrangements and prepare.  The remaining balance is due on the day. If you decide to cancel the booking less than a month before the event, I will keep this deposit as I could have have been booked for other events in that time.  If the event is cancelled less than 48 hours prior, then the full amount will be charged.  

What happens if you are unable to perform due to unforseen circumstances?

On the rare occasion that I am unable to perform e.g. I am too unwell, then I will let you know as soon as I can, and try to find a replacement singer who will meet your requirements - I know many trained singers who are studying or alumni at London music conservatoires.  If you do not want a replacement or there are unforseen circumstances which make it impossible to find a replacement, then no fee will be due and I will refund your deposit.  

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