News and events from CLESO members and friends

New recording of St Laurence, Upminster

Richard Brasier writes: I’m really pleased to announce the release of my new CD, which features the 2003 Kenneth Tickell organ of St Laurence, Upminster. This is the first recording of this instrument, and the programme features music by William Byrd, Lionel Rogg, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Christian Heinrich Rinck. There is also a comprehensive booklet, which offers a historical overview of the church, and a history of the organs at St Laurence.

Please do let me know if you would like a copy. CDs are 10 each, with additional postage and packaging, from

David_Bird_Sir_Andrew_Parmley_and_Mark_James1Sir Andrew Parmley, former Lord Mayor of London, appointed President of the City of London and Eastern Society of Organists

We are delighted to announce that, at our 2018 AGM, Sir Andrew Parmley accepted CLESO’s invitation to become our next president.

With this appointment, CLESO continues its long association with City organists. Sir Andrew succeeds Catherine Ennis, organist at St Lawrence Jewry and past president of the Royal College of Organists, and also two former organists of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Scott and Malcolm Archer.

Sir Andrew is passionate about the City and involved in many aspects of City life. For over 35 years he has been the Honorary Organist of St James Garlickhythe and is the first organist to have been appointed The Lord Mayor of London serving in 2016-17.

Sir Andrew's broad experience in music, education and the creative industries together with his long career in teaching, research, examining, adjudicating, writing, composing and editing will be a great asset to CLESO. His mission, like CLESO’s own, is to promote education and training in the musical arts and encourage a wide appreciation of the organ as an amazing musical instrument.

CLESO is indebted to Catherine Ennis who has served for many years as CLESO’s President. Catherine has always taken a strong interest in CLESO’s activities and has been a wonderful figurehead.

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Royal School of Church Music - Essex and East London area

Chingford Parish Church, The Green, E4 7EN

St Michael’s Cornhill

London Organ Concerts Guide

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