St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Laurence Caldecote - organ

Friday, 29 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Laurence Caldecote - organ

Ernest Macmillan (1893 - 1973)            

      Cortège académique

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759) 

      Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4



          Alla Sicilianna


 Laurence Caldecote (b 1983)                

      Tuba Tune in E

George Thalben Ball (1896 - 1987)                


 Arthur Wills (b.1926)                    

      St Etheldreda Rag

Leon Jessel (1871 - 1942), arr L Caldecote   

      The March of the Tin Soldiers

Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962)          

      Choral in C# minor


Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Laurence Caldecote grew up and was educated in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Starting piano lesson age 4 with Sue Macer and Zachary Dunbar, he progressed to the organ age 11 with Dr Martin Moxham, Laurence was appointed Organist at St. Augustine's RC Parish Church, Hoddesdon in 1995. He held this post until he left for University where he continued organ studies with Geoffrey Holroyde, Tim Campain and Kerry Beaumont.  Laurence studied composition with Chris Hazell and Robert Ramskill.  Awarded a BA (Hons) in Music Composition and Professional Practice from Coventry University, Laurence also holds both ABRSM Piano and Organ at Grade 8, with Distinction and is also a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.

Laurence is currently Associate Organist at St. Nicolas Parish Church, Nuneaton. He is an experienced accompanist and has been involved in performances of Handel's 'Messiah', Stainer's 'Crucifixion', Maunder's 'Olivet to Calvary', Faure's 'Requiem' and Sullivan's 'Prodigal Son'. Laurence regularly accompanies various choirs for services across the UK, which has included the Cathedrals of Bury St. Edmunds, Canterbury, Exeter, Gloucester, Norwich, and York Minster. He has worked with Cantores Sacrum, is one of the regular organists for the renowned Priory Voices and is Deputy Accompanist to the Northern Chorale. More recently, Laurence accompanied the Choir of Peel Cathedral on the Isle of Man for a Service of Thanksgiving in the presence of HRH Princess Royal.

As a recitalist, Laurence has played many venues around the UK including the Minsters of Doncaster, Kings Lynn, Leeds, and Stoke; St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol and the Cathedrals of Birmingham, Chester, Leicester, Liverpool (Anglican and Metropolitan), Portsmouth, Sheffield, and Wakefield, and many other venues including Blenheim Palace. He is also an accomplished pianist. He gave his first organ recital abroad, at Hobølkirke in Hobøl, Norway in June 2015. Further bookings include Blackburn Cathedral, Bradford Cathedral, Holy Cross Priory, Leicester and in September 2016, he is booked to give recitals in the USA, including Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport, TN.

Laurence has written much choral music including Communion services, Evening Canticles, numerous Introits, Anthems and Psalm chants. His music is published by Chichester Music Press.

Laurence is Treasurer to the Coventry and Warwickshire Organists Association. In his free time, Laurence enjoys swimming, playing badminton, walks in the countryside and reading about the political and architectural history of Britain. A member of the National Trust, Laurence enjoys visiting the properties and the surrounding areas.