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Here you can find information about concerts and other musical events at St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster. 


Lunchtime recitals take place every Thursday from 13.05 - 13.50. Admission is free with a retiring collection. 

 

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The Church

 

The church of St Laurence, Upminster, is the Church of England parish church in Upminster, England. It is a Grade I listed building. It is the historic minster or church from which Upminster derives its name, meaning 'upper church', probably signifying 'church on higher ground'. The place-name is first attested as 'Upmynster' in 1062, and appears as 'Upmunstra' in the Domesday Book of 1086.


Alice Perrers, mistress of King Edward III, was buried in the church or churchyard in 1400. There is no memorial to mark her grave.

The tower of St Laurence's was instrumental in the first accurate measurement of the speed of sound by the Rev William Derham, who was also buried in the church or churchyard and who also has no memorial.


The churchyard contains war graves of six service personnel of World War II.

 


Lunchtime Concerts


  

14th September

 

Mark Brafield, organ

 

21st September

 

Milene Dziuk, mezzo soprano

 

28th September

 

James Orford, organ

 

5th October

 

Paul Hagan, tenor

 

12th October

 

Richard Brasier, organ

 

19th October

 

Kirsty Loosemore, trumpet

 

26th October

 

Charles Wooler, organ

 

2nd November

 

Phil Daish-Handy, cello

 

9th November

 

Julián Bewig organ

 

16th November

 

No recital

 

23rd November

 

Robin Walker organ


30th November

 

Elaine Lewis, mezzo soprano




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Christmas Organ Music by Candlelight


Friday 22nd December


6.30pm-7.30pm


Richard Brasier, organ


Free admission (retiring collection)



The Organ



The new organ was installed in the spring of 2003 by Kenneth Tickell, as part of a re-ordering of the church. The organ stands on the south side of the long chancel, with its front case rising in front of the chancel wall. The Great organ soundboard and pipes stand within the arch, while the Swell stands behind, with the Pedal organ below. The organ is fully encased, so that all divisions speak out through the front of the case.

 

The casework is of Oak, with polished tin front pipes. The pipeshades were carved by Keith German. The gilded cross and crown within the flames symbolise the martyrdom of St Laurence, who according to legend went smiling to his death whilst being roasted over a grid-iron.


With twenty four speaking stops the organ is well developed with a wide range of colours, including wide scale mutations on the Great and a narrow scale Sesquialtera on the Swell. The Pedal Principal is of wood, combining most effectively with the Sub Bass, and the full length Posaune also has wooden boots and resonators.


The consultant to the church was Ian Bell, and the opening recital was given by John Scott.




Specification


 

 

Great
1
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
2
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
3
  Principal
4
 
 
4
  Spitzflute
4
 
 
5
  Nazard
2
 2/3
 
6
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
7
  Open Flute
2
 
 
8
  Tierce
1
 3/5
 
9
  Mixture
IV
 
 
10
  Trumpet
8
 
 
i
  Tremulant    
 
ii
  Swell to Great    
           
Swell
11
  Chimney Flute
8
 
 
12
  Viola
8
 
 
13
  Voix Celeste
8
 
 
14
  Principal
4
 
 
15
  Nason Flute
4
 
 
16
  Gemshorn
2
 
 
17
  Sesquialtera
II
 
 
18
  Mixture
III
 
 
19
  Cremona
16
 
 
20
  Hautboy
8
 
 
iii
 
Tremulant
   
           
Pedal
21
  Sub Bass
16
 
 
22
  Principal
8
 
 
23
  Octave
4
 
 
24
  Posaune
16
 
 
iv
  Swell to Pedal    
 
v
  Great to Pedal
   







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Photograph by Andrew Hayden

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