St Lawrence has a small, open, and friendly robed four-part choir, of which we are proud. St Lawrence has maintained a robed choir practically without break since 1870 and ever since the move to the new church in 1883 choral music has played an important part in St Lawrence's community life and worship. Today the church choir sings mainly for the 10.15am Parish Eucharist on Sundays.┬áThe choir is a mix of students and local residents, and anyone is very welcome to join, even if only able (for example) to make term-time Sundays. Regular choir practice is usually at 6:30pm on Tuesdays. Additional rehearsals are occasionally organised for after Evensong on Sundays. The choir is presently led by a very capable University of York student, Joel Starkie. University term-time Evensong is now enhanced by the leadership of a student-based and led choir, Caelestis, directed by Joel Starkie. This choir practices on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm (following the regular church choir practice) and you can read more about it (including audition dates and the new term's musical programme) here. You can also read about it on the Choral Evensong website. Recent services at St Lawrence of very high musical quality have included, besides Choral Evensongs, sung communion services for All Souls' Day and Accession Day, and very well-attended candlelit Advent Procession and Nine Lessons & Carols services at Christmas. The choir has sung Stainer's Crucifixion liturgically, and has also taken part in carol-singing in the parish, and in performing a range of unusual Edwardian Christmas carols for a special Friends of St Lawrence Christmas do. If you are interested in singing at St Lawrence - whether keen to sing every Sunday morning, just for Evensongs, or maybe only for festival occasions - please speak to the organist or a churchwarden after a service or contact us at You would be very welcome (especially if you're willing to come to the pub after practice!)  

An active Church of England church in York, between the busy University of York campus and the ancient city walls – serving the Parish of St Lawrence -with-St Nicholas with Christian prayer, worship, fellowship, hospitality, and charity.