Laura Bowler

Laura Bowler

Composer/Sound Designer/Vocalist/Performer

  • Location: Manchester
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

Composer. Sound Designer. Vocalist. Performer. Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera.

"The hit of the evening was undoubtedly a new piece for and against the string quartet...the sustained savagery of her new Theatre of Cruelty recreated the shock that, say, the first movement of Bartok's 4th Quartet must have induced in its first listeners" Musical Pointers 2010

"Laura Bowler's Hay Fever was the highlight of the programme, a theatrical impromptu piece based on the final scene from Sir Noel Coward's 1924 comedy of the same name. Bowler's approach to the ensemble's interaction with each other and the audience, combined with their bouncy yet quirky performance with acting was clever and unique." I Care if You Listen 2013

"This is 21st-century virtuosity. It is very impressive...Bowler jabbed, yelled, threatened; she goaded herself on through watching videos, doing sit-ups, shouting insults into the crowd." Performing Jennifer Walshe's Training is the Opposite as part of Size Zero Opera's Women Box event. 2014

Laura J. Bowler - Photo by Claire Shovelton

"an imaginative and atmospheric work...all designed it seems to send a chill down the spine" Classical Source 2010 

Laura Bowler is a composer, vocalist, sound designer and director specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. A professor of composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she teaches on the MA in Opera Making course, and at the Royal Northern College of Music, she is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a company specialising in the creation and performance of contemporary opera. She has been commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta among other groups both here and abroad. She is currently working on a new chamber opera for 2017 with British playwright, Edward Bond, supported by the Royal Opera House, Arcola Theatre, Arts Council and Stephen Oliver Award as well as several other commissions including a 20 minute work for chorus and orchestra commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus to be premiered at the Barbican in 2017.

Laura has worked in theatre in many different guises, as a performer, sound designer, composer, assistant director and director with companies ranging from Glyndebourne Opera to the Arcola Theatre. She trained both as a composer and at RADA, where she trained in physical theatre alongside the Theatre Lab students as well as a Theatre Director. Upcoming theatre projects include the sound design for the UK Premiere production of Sans Merci at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, the music for Manchester Opera Air Theatre's Christmas Production, The Christmas Truce, as well as performing the world premiere of Louis Aguirre's The Way The Dead Love in Denmark with Ensemble Lydenskab.

Laura has been the recipient of many awards including- two time recipient of the Stephen Oliver Award for Opera as well as being one of the first recipient of the new PRS Composer's Fund award. She has also been nominated twice for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award.


Work History

Lecturer in Composition - Royal Northern College of Music

Sep 2015 - Present

Professor of Composition - Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Sep 2014 - Present

Freelance Sound Designer/Composer for theatre - several

Jan 2010 - Present

Artistic Director - Size Zero Opera

Jan 2008 - Present

Freelance Vocalist specialising in contemporary classical repertoire - several

Jan 2008 - Present

Freelance Composer of Concert Music and Music Theatre - Several

Sep 2007 - Present


Composition - PhD - Royal Academy of Music

Sep 2010 - Sep 2014

Theatre Directing - MA in Theatre Directing - Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)

Sep 2013 - Jul 2014

Composition - MMus in Composition Distinction - Royal Academy of Music

Sep 2008 - Jul 2010

Composition - BMus (Hons) 1st - Royal Northern College of Music

Sep 2004 - Jul 2008

Composition - ERASMUS Scholar - Sibelius Academy of Music

Dec 2006 - Aug 2007


  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Live Sound
  • Logic Pro
  • Orchestration
  • Piano
  • Sibelius
  • Sound Design
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Voice


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