We are delighted that soprano Philippa Hyde and countertenor Paul Esswood are now the choir's patrons. They follow in the illustrious footsteps of Sir Neville Marriner, who was our patron until his death in 2016.

 

 

 

Lyme Bay Chorale is a choir of about 25 auditioned SATB singers who sing together in Lyme Regis, Dorset. 

We perform glorious choral works, often working with specialist guest choral directors and professional soloists and instrumentalists. Recent highlights have included Kodaly's Missa Brevis and Laudes Organi, Rutter's Gloria, the Brahms Requiem, Haydn's Creation Mass and Britten's Ceremony of Carols as well as other significant pieces by Howells, Tavener and Handel.

Our musical director is Alex Davies, organist at St Michael's Parish Church in the town. Alex trained at Trinity College of Music and worked at various London churches with professional choirs and as a cathedral organ scholar before moving to back to his home town, where he combines work in the family business with work as a freelance musician.

The choir usually gives two concerts a year (April/May and November/December) at St Michael's. We rehearse there on Monday evenings for about 10 weeks before each concert. Members don't officially meet over the summer, although they are often invited to take part in other singing events at St Michael's and elsewhere. 

This is what Sir Neville Marriner said about us in 2015:

"Lyme Bay Chorale is already on the map, and I am very happy to be associated with it. I was very impressed with the repertoire and the presentation of your last concert - it's exactly the kind of enthusiasm and commitment that I love in music and the standard the choir achieves is a notable benchmark for both amateur and professional music-making in our part of the country."


Two dates for your diary (both events at St Michael's, Lyme Regis):

Sunday 11 November at 4pm - Fauré Requiem
Alex Davies, organ
Nicholas Brown, guest conductor

Sunday 9 December at 4pm - Christmas concert
Poulenc Gloria, Christus Natus Est by Cecilia McDowall
Additional works featuring the music of the contemporary composer Paul Halley
Carols for choir and audience

With St Michael's children's choir
Chloe Stratta, soprano
Andrew Millington, organ & piano