The Choir

Our small, friendly, enthusiastic choir, made up of adults and children, sings at most Sunday services. Our repertoire ranges widely, from Tudor to modern and everything in between.

We practice each Friday at St Laurence Church from 6.30 to 7.30p.m. and before the service on Sunday.

Singers of all ages are welcome: if you can read music, so much the better – but it’s not vital.

If you’re interested in singing with us, please contact our organist and choir master via heading your email St Laurence Choir

BIOGRAPHY - Mrs Charlotte O'Neill - Choir Master

Having gained her BA (Hons) at the University of Durham in England, Charlotte O'Neill went on to study singing with Lyndon van der Pump in London and Djoke Winkler-Prins in Rotterdam and led to performances in Italy and the USA. On her return to the UK she took her MA in Sacred Music at Liverpool Hope University, focusing on the development of shape note hymnody in the USA under Tassilo Erhardt. She then studied with Albert Clement at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, receiving her PhD in 2018. Her thesis on the evolution of the role of the church musician in Anglican cathedrals during the nineteenth century led her to the consideration of the role of women in church music. Her personal experience as the first female Director of Music in a 500 year old choral foundation further deepened her interest in this area. Charlotte is active as a choral and orchestral conductor in southern England and in her spare time plays euphonium with a local brass band. 

Bell Ringing

The ringing of church bells (campanology) has been an art for centuries. From warning of war to ringing for weddings, bell ringers have been making a noise since, what seems like, the beginning of time.

The church of St Laurence has eight bells in the key of E Flat, the oldest of which dates back to 1617. Originally there were five bells in the church, later augmented to six. In 1847 two treble bells were added, making a total of eight. Today, the heaviest bell weighs 23 cwt.

Our bell ringers warmly welcome you to join them. They are always happy to help beginners pick up what will turn out to be a life time enjoyment. Anyone aged 11 years and over is welcome.

Ringing times at St Laurence:

Fridays 7.30pm for bell ringing practice, access via the West door.

Sundays 9.15am for the 10am service.

If you feel that bell ringing may be for you please contact our Ringing Master via heading your email St Laurence Bell Ringers

The church tower is affiliated to the Tonbridge District of the Kent County Association of Change Ringers where more information about the association can be found.

Further details about the bells of St Laurence may be found at The Kent County Association of Change Ringers