The Parish of Abbots Langley

Music

Music plays an important part in our worship at St Lawrence. We have a very fine organ (see details below) and an excellent adult choir to lead our singing at our main services; with a youth choir leading the more informal worship.

Jubliee Choir

The Choir after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012

THE ADULT CHOIR

St Lawrence Church has a long and rich musical tradition. The robed choir of 4-part (SATB) adult voices plays an integral role in leading the worship of the church. The choir sings at the main Sunday service (usually Parish Communion); major festivals; Choral Evensong; and Weddings (when requested).

The choir sings a broad repertoire of music from the Anglican choral tradition and there are also opportunities to take part in concerts as well as visits to sing services at cathedrals and other churches. The Choir sings regularly at services at St Albans Cathedral and at other Cathedrals and Churches by invitation.

Choir at Abbey

The Choir after singing Choral Evensong in St Albans Cathedral

We are currently looking for a new Organist but are in the very capable hands of our 'stand-in' organists and our Choir Conductor, David Southorn.

If you sing and are interested in joining the church choir or if you would like more information, please get in touch via the “Contact Us” page. There is no formal audition to join the choir; you are very welcome to come along to a couple of practices to find out more and to see whether it suits you.

Click here to see the choir leaflet

Click here for our hymns for August to October 2018

Bristol Choir

The Choir on a weekend singing in Bristol

 

THE ORGAN

The church houses a fine two-manual Nicholson organ which was built in 1971 after a serious fire destroyed the previous instrument in 1969. It is located in front of the West wall of the Corpus Christi Chapel (facing East), adjacent to the choir stalls. It has both electric key and stop action and with only 19 speaking stops, it has tremendous versatility and is suitable for a huge variety of organ music. It is an excellent example of a Nicholson organ. The specification is:

PEDAL ORGAN

 
   

Violone

16

Bourdon

16

Principal

8

Bass Flute

8

Octave Flute

4

Fagotto (non speaking)

16

   

GREAT ORGAN

 
   

Open Diapason

8

Stopped Diapason

8

Principal

4

Block Flute

2

Nazard

2 2/3

Tierce

1 3/5

Mixture

11

   

SWELL ORGAN

 
   

Gedact

8

Salicional

8

Spitz Flute

4

Fifteenth

2

Larigot

1 1/3

Octavin

1

Contra Fagotto (non speaking)

16

Trompette

8

Tremulant

 
   

Couplers

Swell to Pedal

Swell to Great

Swell octave to Great

Swell suboctave to Great

Swell octave

Swell suboctave

Great to Pedal

Swell Octave to Pedal

   

Accessories

 

Balanced Swell pedal

3 pistons to each division

Reversible thumb and toe pistons for Gt-Pd

Sw-Gt reversible thumb piston

Great and Pedal pistons combined

organ console

organ pipes

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The coming week...

Weekly Leaflet

Weekly Leaflet

 

Monday 17th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.30 am  Tannerswood School in St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 18th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Youth Club in the church hall

 

Wednesday 19th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Reflection in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 20th December

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.00 pm  Carols around the Christmas Tree at Bedmond

 

Friday 21st December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Morning in the Tin Church, Bedmond

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, Abbots Langley High Street

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir in the Breakspear Room

 

Saturday 22nd December

8.00 pm  Christmas Focus in St Lawrence

 

Sunday 23rd December - the Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.15 am  Holy Communion in the Tin Church, Bedmond

4.00 pm  Nine Lessons & Carols in the Tin Church, Bedmond followed by mulled wine & mincepies

6.30 pm  Nine Lessons & Carols in St Lawrence followed by mulled wiine & mincepies

 

Monday 24th December - Christmas Eve

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

1.30 pm  Candlelight Service

2.30 pm  Candlelight Service

3.30 pm  Candlelight Service

4.30 pm  Candlelight Service

6.00 pm  Candlelight Service

11.30 pm  Midnight Mass at the Tin Church, Bedmond

11.45 pm  Midnight Mass at St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day

9.30 am  Family Communion at St Lawrence

11.15 am  Holy Communion at the Tin Church, Bedmond

 

Wednesday 26th December - Boxing Day (St Stephen)

No services today