We’re looking forward to giving several concerts during 2022. See our events page for details!
Lyme Bay Chorale is a choir of about 25 auditioned singers who rehearse and perform in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
We sing glorious choral music, often working with specialist guest directors and professional soloists and instrumentalists. Recent highlights have included Kodaly’s Missa Brevis and Laudes Organi, John Rutter’s Gloria, the Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Creation Mass and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as well as pieces by Howells, Tavener and Handel.
Our musical director is Alex Davies, organist at St Michael the Archangel in Lyme Regis. Alex trained at Trinity College of Music and worked at a number of London churches with professional choirs and as a cathedral organ scholar before moving back to his home town, where he combines work in the family hospitality business with being a freelance musician.
The choir usually gives two concerts a year – April/May and November/December – at St Michael’s in Lyme. We rehearse there on Monday evenings for about 10 weeks before each concert.
We are delighted to have two wonderful professional singers as our patrons: Philippa Hyde (soprano) and Paul Esswood (countertenor). Sir Neville Marriner was our previous patron until his death in 2016. He said about us:
‘Lyme Bay Chorale is already on the map. I was very impressed with the repertoire and the presentation of [their] 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.’