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

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 14th October

2.15 pm Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room

7.30 pm Ringing practice in St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 15th October

10.15 am Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

7.30 pm Youth Club meets in the Church hall

8.00 pm Mother Union meets in Breakspear Room

 

Wednesday 16th October

10.30 am Home Communion at Abbeyfield

11.15 am Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12.00 noon Holy Communion in St Lawrence followed by light lunch in the Breakspear Room

7.45 pm Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 17th October

7.30 pm History of Leavesden Hospital at Tin Church

 

Friday 18th October

10.00 am Craft morning in the Tin Church

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

2.00 pm Ascension Acorns in the Tin Church

2.00 pm Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room

6.15 pm Youth Choir practice in Breakspear Room

 

Saturday 20th October

3.00 pm Baptisim of Paul Spears

6.30 pm Friends of St Lawrence Quiz Night with Hot Supper

 

Sunday 21st October

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche

11.15 am Holy Communion at Bedmond in Tin Church

12.30 pm Sunday Lunch Club

12.45 pm Christening of Elodie Cudjoe

6.30 pm Evening Prayer