The Choir of St Laurence, Catford

choir in 2017

Come and sing Fauré’s Requiem: for tickets, please click here

Our talented and dynamic choir is made up of young people and adults from the congregation and the local community, and supports worship on a weekly basis. The choir provides an excellent space for exploring the joys of singing ensemble, and all members of the choir are nurtured as musicians by our Director of Music, Jocelyn Freeman.

For the under-18s in the choir, there are a number of bursaries available annually to support further music tuition. The choir regularly goes on tour, both in the UK and abroad. Recent tours include Ypres (2013), Durham (2015) and Madrid (2017). In 2018 we will travel to St Davids.
This continues a long tradition of musical excellence at St Laurence’s, and past Directors of Music have included David Sanger, Professor Roger Wibberley, Iain Simcock, Paul Dewhurst, Andrew Ibbotson & Huw Morgan.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the choir, or for more information, please email Jocelyn Freeman at choir@stlaurencecatford.org.uk. More information about the musical education we offer can be found here

NEW: The Joyce Jefferys Tenor Scholarship (£750 p.a.) is now open for applications. Click here for more details.

ORGANIST POST: we are currently recruiting for an organist. Detail here.

For a sample music list, click here.

A sample anthem: Alma Redemptoris, sung by the choir (live at the Advent carol service 2011), and a carol: There shall a star by Felix Mendelssohn

And for some photos of recent choir tours, click here!

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Our DIRECTOR of MUSIC, Jocelyn Freeman

Jocelyn began her musical education as a chorister in St Davids Cathedral, Wales, singing four services weekly under the tutorage of Kerry Beaumont, George Guest CBE, Geraint Bowen and Timothy Noon. She then studied piano, choral conducting and voice at the Royal Academy of Music, London, from 2004-2011, graduating with the DipRAM. During this time received tuition from Patrick Russel and sung professionally in church choirs.

She now holds positions as Director of Music at St Laurence, Catford, the workplace choirs of Strutt & Parker and Addleshaw Goddard, and has conducted The Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chorus, the Broomwood Ensemble, Amersham Choral Society, the Esterhazy Singers and London Pro Arte Choir. Her mentors are Neil Ferris and Simon Halsey CBE. Also a skilled pianist, she appears regularly in concerts internationally, as soloist, chamber musician and Lied pianist.