Laurence Lyndon-Jones is Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Chelmsford Cathedral. His responsibilities include playing the organ for the majority of services at the Cathedral, and directing the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the Cathedral Voluntary Choir. Highlights at Chelmsford have included playing for two live broadcasts of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, and in May 2014 playing the organ for the Queen on her visit to mark the centenary of the Cathedral. Recent highlights for the Girl's Choir have included numerous performances of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols across the south of England, singing live on BBC1 for the Gallipoli commemorations, and performing with the King’s Singers.

 

Laurence began his career in cathedral music as a chorister at St. Albans Cathedral, where he learnt the organ after leaving the choir. In 2006 he became Organ Scholar at Pembroke College Oxford, and graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in mathematics. Whilst at Oxford Laurence was also the conductor of the Arcadian Singers of Oxford, a singer in Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and a trombonist in Oxford University Big Band. After graduating, he became Organ Scholar, and subsequently Acting Assistant Director of Music at Chester Cathedral. Laurence was next appointed Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, where he played the organ for a number of high profile events including a live televised broadcast on BBC1, a service to mark fifty years since the consecration of the Cathedral, and a tour to Dresden and Berlin.

 

Laurence has given a number of organ recitals across the UK and abroad. He has performed at numerous recital venues across the U.K. including at Chelmsford, Chester, Coventry, Ely, Hereford, Lichfield, Liverpool, St Albans, St Edmundsbury, and Westminster Cathedrals. He has toured abroad as both a soloist and accompanist, and has played recitals at Würzburg Cathedral, St Catherine’s church in Hamburg, the Frauenkirche in Dresden. In August 2015 Laurence gave a recital at the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbish Gmünd which was broadcast live on SWR2, and in November 2016 appeared as a soloist with the DSO-Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie. As an orchestral organist, Laurence has performed with the Canzona, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the English String Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Marines Band, and the Southbank Sinfonia.

 

Laurence is a composer of choral music and in 2015 his piece Rorate Caeli reached the final of the New Music for St Paul's composition competition. Laurence is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an Associate of Trinity College London.

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