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 and Choir Master but are in the very capable hands of our Assistant Organist, Andrew Howarth, and our Choir Conductor, Brenda Southorn, during the vacancy.

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 from January to April 2017 (subject to change!)

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...

Monday 22nd May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayer for a Growing Church in the Corpus Christi Chapel

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Breakspear Room

 

Tuesday 23rd May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 24th May

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 for 8.00 pm  Deanery Synod meets at St Mary's, Watford

8.00 pm  Social Committee meets at 7 Fernhills

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meet at St Saviour's

 

Thursday 25th May - Ascension Day

8.15 am  Prayers for the local church and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Funeral of Marvin Attwood in St Lawrence followed by Cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Parish Communion for the Patronal Festival at the Church of the Ascension

 

Friday 26th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub

10.00 am  Craft Group in the Church of the Ascension

2.00 pm  Craft and Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

No Youth Choir practice

 

Saturday 27th May

11.00 am  Spring Concert Series - Local Vocals, Parmiter's School, Francis Combe Academy

12.15 pm  Bell Toll for WW1 soldier - Frederick Harvey How

 

Sunday 28th May - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

12.15 pm  Baptism of Jackson Hanson in St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  MAP Meeting in the Breakspear Room - Making New Disciples

 

Monday 29th May

Bank Holiday

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 30th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 31st May

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence