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Spring concert 2017 with PeterParshall condnecting Duruflé's Requiem

Peter Parshall to put a spring in choir's step this spring!


Lyme Bay Chorale's Musical Director, Alex Davies, is introducing his choir to the very talented organist, conductor, music educator and examiner Peter Parshall. In addition to maintaining a private teaching practice, he is a tutor for the Lyme Regis Organ School, a tutor for the PipeUp scheme run by the Diocese of Salisbury, Director of Music at Axminster Parish Church, Director of RSCM Voices West, Guest Director to the Axminster and District Choral Society, Axminster Chamber Choir, and Accompanist to Bridport Choral Society. He is also Musical Director of Yeovil Chamber Choir. Peter will be working with Lyme Bay Chorale as their Guest Conductor for the choir's Spring Concert on May 14th."Its fantastic to work with Peter, who has already made a huge contribution to the community, namely his work with the Organ School, with local choirs and choral societies" says Alex " I feel it keeps the choir fresh to work with different conductors. I think Peter will put a spring in our step this spring!"'


Organ Scholar of Westminster College, Oxford, between 1990 and 1993, Peter studied the organ with David Saint at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 1994, he was appointed Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church, Oxford, where, in 1997, he was instrumental in the establishment of a professional eight-voice choir, together with the commissioning of a new organ for the church. He also held professional posts at Westminster College, Oxford (Director of Chapel Music) and at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (Organist to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church) and was an accompanist to the Royal School of Church Music's Southern Cathedral Singers. He has taught on RSCM residential courses based at the cathedrals of Oxford, Durham, Canterbury and York and also at Oakham School.


Peter was co-ordinator of the Royal School of Church Music in Ireland between 2004 and 2011 with responsibility for the development of the RSCM in that country, together with the implementation of its programmes of education and training. In addition to his post with the RSCM, he held posts at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and was Organist and Director of Music at the Church of St Bartholomew, Clyde Road - now the only parish church in Ireland which maintains a choir of boys and men in addition to a thriving girls' choir. He was an external examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and remains an examiner for RSCM choral awards.


Maurice Duruflé

The concert's centrepiece is the intensely moving Duruflé's Requiem which dates from the era of the 2nd world war. Commissioned by the Vichy Regime, it was still incomplete when the regime collapsed in 1947. Like the Faure setting, Duruflé chooses to omit some of the more bombastic and turbulent texts - the complete Dies Irae for example (although the wording appears briefly in the Libera me movement). It makes for a more meditative and calming setting of the Requiem - more introspective perhaps, again, as a result of what had happened to France during the war.

Stanford's 'Lo I raise up' is a response to the horror at the 1914-18 war and at what he saw as Germany's abandonment of its artistic heritage. It seeks to articulate his hopes for Britain's deliverance through the analogy of the Old Testament prophet Habbakkuk's words.

Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb' uses a highly idiosyncratic and ecstatic praise and worship of God by all created creatures, with startling results.




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Christmas 2016

This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Neville Marriner 

Lyme Bay Chorale's Christmas Concert is at 4pm ,10th December 2016 at St Michaels's Parish Church, Lyme RegisTickets  will be available from mid November from Lyme and Bridport's Tourist Information Centres, and from Penny Black's Tea Room in Lyme and cost £15 on the door ( £13 if bought in advance) to include a post concert buffet provided by thchoir.There is free admission to under 19s.. 

The programme has been chosen from four centuries of Christmas music and as well as well-loved audience participation carols there are some rare treats. Included are a Tudor anthem by the English composer Richard Dering , 'Quem vidists parstores' for unaccompanied voices; Purcell's sparkling 'Behold I bring you glad tidings' for baritone solo, trio, choir and strings . From the 20th Century is John Joubert's 'There is no Rose of such virtue' and Welsh composer William Matias's popular 'Sir Christemas.' Diedrich Buxtehude's ,'The little newborn Jesus child,' was written in the latter part of the 17century and together with Shubert's Magnificat , for chorus, strings and quartet are centrepieces which frame the concert.

Alex Davies and Guest conductor Richard Hall enjoying a moment in Lyme Bay Chorale's rehearsal for the Christmas Concert.

Lyme Bay Chorale meet Motorcycling Conductor

The guest conductor for this occasion is Dr Richard Hall, the Director of the Dorset Rural Music School based in Blandford Forum. He received his musical education at Dartington College and then at the University of Durham from which he graduated in 1973. A Major State Studentship allowed for a further three years at Durham researching into English music at the time of the Great War, work which led to the award of a PhD in 1981. A musician, conductor, teacher and examiner, he took over the directorship of Dorset Rural Music School where he has expanded the scope and range of activities which the School offers, working beyond the one-to-one instrumental lesson to involve a wider public in music making and music appreciation.


"Richard is a wonderfully warm and relaxing person to work with and brings a huge wealth of experience to the choir' says musical Director Alex Davies. "We were rather amazed to find he rides over on his motorbike from Blandford to rehearse the choir, arriving in his leathers. Classical music is at its least pompous in Richard's hands" says Chairperson, Caroline Whitaker " Its brilliant fun!" Richard is a member of the Motorcycle Awareness Association

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 SPRING 2016

A concert in the English Tradition

6.pm Saturday 21st May 2016 at St Michael's Parish Church,

Chruch Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3DB

and again

7.30 pm  Saturday 4th June 2016 at Milton Abbey

Milton Abbey School, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0BZ

Ralph Vaughan Williams'  Mass in G minor

Two Choirs are coming together for this concert: Lyme Bay Chorale, Lyme Regis (musical director Alex Davies ) with the Occasional Singers, Dorchester, (musical directors Dr Richard Hall and David Bruce-Payne)

Ralph Vaughan Williams'  Mass in G minor is a choral work by  written in 1921. It is perhaps notable as the first mass written in a distinctly English manner since the sixteenth century. The composer dedicated the piece to Gustav Holst and the Whitsuntide Singers at Thaxted in north Essex, but it was first performed by the City of Birmingham Choir on December 6,1922. Though the first performance was in a concert venue, Vaughan Williams intended the mass to be used in a liturgical setting and R.R Terry directed a performance at Westminster Cathedral.
The piece is written for unaccompanied double choir and four soloists.

Other Music to be performed

Beati Quorum Via :  Stanford

  Vox Dicentes :Edward Naylor

      Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem : Stanford

 

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AUTUMN 2015

 

 Lyme Bay Chorale and Ensemble : A Concert for Advent

4 p.m. Sunday 29th November, 2015   St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis.

Musical Director Alex Davies

conducts a professional orchestra with soloists:

Sporano Philippa Hyde, Soprano Chloe Stratta, Alto Julie De'Ath Lancaster, Tenor Leslie Baker, Baritone David Foureacre

Tickets available in advance £13.00 from Lyme Regis TIC and from  Penny Black's Cafe ( next to the PO in Lyme) -  £15.00 on the door. Ticket includes LBC's now famous post-concert buffet. 18's and under are free. Concert is in aid of LBC's Young Singers Bursary.

Immerse yourself in the unmatched genius of Mozart's music with his Litany KV 243 and his Credo Mass 275.

 

 


 

 The Litaniae is a lesser known piece by Mozart but when Alex Davies, heard it performed, he fell in love with it. "This rarely performed Litaniae is exquisitely beautiful and just as compelling as Mozart's better known Requiem" says Alex. " It was performed 10 years ago at the Colyton Parish Church Mozart Festival and I knew then I really wanted to direct it, and now I have got my chance!" The Credo is equally delightful - a missa brevis which gains its name by the  repeated mesmeric 2 note setting of the word Credo in movement 3.


For this concert Alex has put together a 12 piece professional orchestra, many of whom have close ties with the local community,  His soloists, likewise: soprano Chloe Stratta, alto Julie De'Ath Lancaster, tenor Leslie Baker and baritone David Fouracre are all popular local professionals.

Masterclass

"We are lucky to be joined again in the concert by renowned soprano Philippa Hyde, who has also generously offered to give a Singers' Masterclass, 2 pm on Saturday, 28th November, (the day before the concert) to members of the choir and other singers who would like to take part."This is a very special opportunity for a small group of singers to work on their  technique and interpretation with Philippa." says Alex.
Singers who would like to be considered for the masterclass should let Sally Crowther- Burnage know by email, at allegrosally53@btinternet.com. or phone 01297 444580.


Unlike most masterclasses you might have seen on the TV, Philippa is very kind and has her pupils and their voices' best interests at heart!
The sessions will be approximately 15 mins per singer and a short piece for the occasion would need to be prepared.
The public are able come and observe and there will be a retiring collection from the audience. The masterclass is free for the singers, courtesy of Lyme Bay Chorale.

 

 


 

 

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 Spring 2015

 


Our concert this Spring enters the 'Sound World' of the 20th Century........

Think of the world of Monet, Picasso, Chagall, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth - all acclaimed 20th Century artists responding to the music of their time. Now imagine  musicians during the same period  influenced by art and culture, creating sounds which reflect the spirit of the age, and in 2015 our Spring Concert  we endeavour to present this concept.

The ensemble of soloists and choir will be performing the music of Ravel, Fauré, Duruflé and Messiaen and two significant works by Benjamin Britten, 'Rejoice in the lamb' and 'Jubilate in C. Further contrast and intriguing variety are provided with the mystical minimalist style of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the exquisitely rich and luscious harmonies of Sergei Rachmaninov. Soaring solo lines by Soprano and Horn will interweave with the rich choral texture and the two young musicians Chloe Stratta and Andrew Humphreys will also perform solo in each half of the programme.

We are very fortunate to welcome Guest Conductor Judy Martin to lead us for this Concert.

                                                              

 

                                                        

Judy, once described as   'the best conductors of her generation', has had an illustrious career taking her from Selwyn College Cambridge where she studied and  includes taking up posts as the organist at Exeter College, The Queen's College and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.  She founded the the nine-voice professional vocal ensemble, Voces Sacrae, a group she continues to direct and with which she has made many recordings, performed on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, national TV in Australia and in venues home and abroad.

more about Judy Martin

Our Musical Director Alex Davies , will be our accompanist for the concert.


Britten  'Rejoice the Lamb'
Durufle 'Messe cum Jubilo
Ravel
Arvo Pärt
Faure′

our soloists:
Chloe Stratta, Soprano
Leslie Baker, Tenor
David Fouracre, Baritone
Andrew Humphries - Horn

 Sunday 26th April 6pm 2015

St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis

Tickets from: Penny Black Cafe, 37 Broad Street Lyme Regis 

or  Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre  01297 442138.

£12 in advance or £14 on the door, includes a post-concert buffet

This concert supports LBC's Young Singer's Bursary Scheme
young people 18 or under, accompanied by a paying adult,are free


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Autumn 2014

We have three exciting events for you this autumn 2014 taking place in St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis

Singers all! Come and Sing with Lyme Bay Chorale

 Remembrance Sunday - 9th November

Sing Faure's Requiem with guest conductor Julie De'Ath Lancaster.
There will be a rehearsal from 2-4pm, followed by refreshments.
The performance is at 5pm. Put this special date in your diary!

Want to take part? Click here to download a booking form.

 

 

And here's something else pretty special coming up...

Singing Masterclass with Soprano Philippa Hyde

Saturday 22nd November 2pm

Philippa will work with individual singers on a song they have prepared for the class in front of an audience. There will be no charge for  participants of the masterclasses with a retiring collection for the audience.

Interested? Click here to download a booking form.

If you'd like to know more, email Hilary (hilaryhighet@mac.com) or 

Sally (allegrosally53@btinternet.com) for further details

 

 

Click here for more information about Philippa Hyde

 

And to round off the season .............

Lyme Bay Chorale's Winter Concert

Sunday 23rd November 4.30pm

Soloists: sopranos Philippa Hyde and Chloe Stratta, alto Julie De'Ath Lancaster, tenor Leslie Baker and baritone David Fouracre.

Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem and Chandos No 4, Vivaldi Dixit Dominus (RV 595)

Followed by a delicious high tea included in the price!

Tickets £12.00 from Penny Black Café (behind the Post Office) Bridport and Lyme Regis TICs, or on the door

email hilaryhighet@mac.com or phone 01297 445649 for more info or to reserve a ticket

All  events support Lyme Bay Chorale's Young Singers Bursary Scheme

a bit more info about the concert

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