Lymington Choral Society

Contact Us: 01425 614023

Lymington Choral Society

About Us

This exciting choir is always looking for new members from the New Forest area. There is no audition – some sight-reading is helpful and there must be a commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals which are held on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Wellington Room at The Lymington Centre. We have two sessions in the year, the first from September to December, culminating with a concert and the second from January to May when we have our second concert. The fee for each session is £40 plus the hire of each music score. The next session, an Open Rehearsal where we welcome new singers, begins on 6th September, 2017.

Listen to the choir singing Michael Goldthorpe’s Dieu vous Garde:

If you would like to join the Lymington Choral Society just turn up at any of our Open Rehearsals or call Sheila, the LCS Secretary, on 01425 614023 or email her at sheila.lcs@hotmail.co.uk

Our History:

In 1961 Eric Winch, the Warden of Lymington Community Centre, had the idea of forming a choral group which eventually became Lymington Choral Society. The choir started as an adult education class under Dennis Gilbert, Head of Music at Brockenhurst Grammar School. The group’s first performance was Handel’s Messiah.
Since then Musical Directors have included Roy Heartfield who was also Director of Music at Brockenhurst.  Under his successor, Noel Clarke, the choir extended its activities with an overseas trip to Vitré, France. Vitré afterwards became one of Lymington’s twin towns. Following Noel’s move to King’s School Canterbury the choir was directed by the Head of Music at Walhampton School, Rory Boyle, who composed several works for the choir including The Second Revelation to Thomas The Doubter. Other well-known composers such as Judith Bingham and Douglas Coombes have also written for the Society. Rory was succeeded for three seasons by Valerie Nunns and then by Peter Davies for fifteen. In 1991 Peter was the first to engage a professional orchestra and young professional singers, including four Kathleen Ferrier Award winners, who achieved international celebrity status. Membership increased to well over a hundred, there were annual choral days and three BT Voices for Hospices concerts raising over £20,000 for Oakhaven Hospice. Peter’s final concert was the first in the Society’s history to be sold out.

Michael Goldthorpe has been Musical Director since moving to Lymington in 2006.  He has built on the firm foundations of his predecessors with two concert tours in Normandy and Brittany, performances in New Milton, Basingstoke and Boldre, the latter in collaboration with Lymington Town Band. Ambitious concerts with full orchestra and excellent soloists have continued to be the main performances in Saint Thomas’ Church and the choir has also performed for Lymington and Pennington Town Council for their Arts Festival, for open-air carols in the High Street and for The Blessing of the Crib ceremony. For the Society’s Golden Jubilee a new work, Loved and Unloved, based on local nineteenth century poems, Songs of Lymington, was commissioned from Christopher de Souza. A small group has sung live on BBC Radio Solent and there have been Choral Days, which have attracted new members. The aim continues to be to explore both regular and lesser-known repertoire, to collaborate with and employ local musicians wherever possible together with talented young soloists from London and to perform to a high standard.

Performed Works

Albrechtsberger
Te Deum

Bach
Cantatas Nos 61, 79 and 112, 122, 140 and 147
Christmas Oratorio

Beethoven
Choral Fantasia
Mass in C Op 86

Britten
A Ceremony of Carols
Saint Nicolas

Bruckner
Ecce Sacerdos

Charpentier
Messe de Minuit

Coombes
Make we Joy (World Premiére)

Dvorák
Mass in D

Elgar
From the Bavarian Highlands

Fauré
Requiem Op. 48

Goodall
Eternal Light

Granados
Cant de les Estrelles

Handel
Acis and Galatea
Solomon
The Messiah (1961, 2017)

Haydn
Mass in Bb (Theresa)
Mass in C (in Time of War)
Mass in D minor (Nelson)
Missa Brevis St Joannis de Deo
Stabat Mater
Te Deum No. 1 in C (for the Esterházy Family)
Te Deum (for the Empress Maria Theresa)
The Creation
The Seasons

Holst
Christmas Day

Karl Jenkins
The Armed Man
Requiem

Mendelssohn
St Paul

Mozart
Dixit et Magnificat KV193
Mass in C K317 (Coronation)
Requiem K626
Solemn Vespers K339

Puccini
Messa di Gloria

Purcell
Dido and Aeneas

Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle

Rutter
Gloria
Mass of the Children
Requiem

Saint-Saëns
Christmas Oratorio

Schubert
Magnificat D486
Mass in G

Schütz
Christmas Story

de Souza
Loved and Unloved (World Premiere)

Tippett
Five Negro Spirituals (A Child of our Time)

Vaughan Williams
Benedicite
Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Vivaldi
Gloria

Soloists

A
Darren Abrahams, Tenor 1988/9
Jeanette Ager, Mezzo-soprano 1998, 2000/6
Katherine Aitken, Mezzo-soprano 2015
Susanna Andersson, Soprano 2003/4
Marie Arnet, Soprano 1999
James Atherton, Tenor 2002

B
Helen Bailey, Soprano 2007/9
Charlotte Baptie, Soprano 2013
Valérie Beauducel, Mezzo-Soprano 2014
Emma Bell, Soprano 1998/9
Alexander Bevan, Tenor 2015
Sam Boden, Tenor 2007
Katherine Bond, Soprano 2005
Gwilym Bowen, Tenor 2012
Eleanor Broomfield, Soprano 2016
Stephen Brown, Tenor 2010
Natalia Brzesinska, Mezzo-soprano 2009

C
Lise Christensen, Mezzo-soprano 2005
Tamsin Coombs, Soprano 2008
Rosanna Cooper, Mezzo-soprano 2017
Sarah Cox, Mezzo-soprano 1997
Nicholas Crawley, Bass 2012

D
Meryl Davies, Soprano 2010
Peter Davoren,Tenor 2009
Sadhbh Dennedy, Soprano 2006
Milena Dobrzycka, Soprano 2012

E
Charlotte Ellett, Soprano 2002
Wynne Evans, Tenor 1999
Harriet Eyley, Soprano 2014

F
Thomas Faulkner, Baritone 2010
Sarah Fox, Soprano 1997

G
Emily Garland, Soprano 2011/12/14
Robert Garland, Baritone 2016
Elliot Goldie, Tenor 1997

H
Thomas Hobbs, Tenor 2007/8

J
Stuart Jackson, Tenor 2011
Ruth Jenkins, Soprano 2010
David Jones, Baritone 2013
Natasha Jouhl, Soprano 2001

K
Vasili Karpiak, Tenor 2013
Stefan Kennedy, Tenor 2016
Iris Korkfer, Soprano 2012

L
Sofia Larsson, Soprano 2015
Susan Legg, Mezzo-soprano 1996
Karina Lucas, Mezzo-soprano 2006/8

M
Véronique Macé, Soprano 2014
Rozanna Madylus, Mezzo-Soprano 2014
Sally Matthews, Soprano 2000
Kathryn McGuckin, Soprano 2002
Laura Mitchell, Soprano 2007
Michael Mofidian, Bass 2015
Louise Mott, Mezzo-soprano 1998
Timothy Murphy, Baritone 2014

O
James Oldfield, Bass-baritone 2009
Alistair Ollerenshaw, Bass 2011
Jeremy Ovenden, Tenor 1994

P
Matilda Paulsson, Mezzo-soprano 2003
Julian Podger, Tenor 1998
Hannah Poulson, Mezzo-Soprano 2016
Alice Rose Privett, Soprano 2012

Q
Samuel Queen, Baritone 2012

R
Kieran Raynard, Bass 2015
Emilie Renard, Mezzo-soprano 2012
Kate Royal, Soprano 2006
James Rutherford, Bass 1996 -2006
(15 occasions)

S
Eleanor-Rose Sanderson-Nash, Soprano 2017
John Savournin, Baritone 2012
Ross Scanlan, Tenor 2010
Charlotte Schoeters, Soprano 2015
Nicholas Scott, Tenor 2012
Benjamin Segal, Tenor 2006
Christina Shand, Soprano 2009
Martins Smaukstelis, Tenor 2014
Božidar Smiljanic, Bass-baritone 2013
Rebekah Smith, Soprano 2014
Helen Stanley, Mezzo-soprano 2012
Andrew Staples, Tenor 2004
Suen Yin Shin, Soprano 2014

T
Philip Tebb, Bass 2009
Harry Thatcher, Bass 2017
Kathryn Turpin, Mezzo-soprano 1995

V
Nathan Vale, Tenor 2005
Marie Vassiliou, Soprano 1994, 97/8

W
Daisy Walford, Soprano 2014
Kathryn Walker, Mezzo-soprano 2011
William Wallace, Tenor 2015
Richard Walshe, Baritone 2014
Nicholas Watts, Tenor 2003
Derek Welton , Baritone 2007/10
Mark Wilde, Tenor 1995/7
Joel Williams, Tenor 2015/17
Verity Wingate, Soprano 2014
Leigh Woolf, Mezzo-soprano 1999/2000

Solo Instrumentalists
Sally Bartholomew, Bassoon 2009
Paul Chilvers, Piano 2014
Kate Flanaghan, Harp 2009
Mark Hammond, Organ 2007
Paul Hammond, Guitar 2014
Alice Pratley, Violin 2008
Geoffrey Pratley, Piano 2008
Timothy Rice, Continuo 2014/15/17
Ian Richardson, Piano 2011
Joseph Shiner, Clarinet 2013

Image gallery

    Sheila’s Tea Party – 19 July, 2017  (Photos Michael Goldthorpe)

    (Photos Bill Bonett)

     

    Milford Fundraising Lunch – 7 July, 2017

     

    Jill’s Coffee Morning – 7 June, 2017

    Stars of Trinity Laban – Concert 3 June, 2017

     

     

    The Messiah – Concert 6 May, 2017  

    Spring Fayre – 8 April, 2017 (Hover over photo with your mouse to read caption)

    Quiz Night – 17 February, 2017 (Photos Monica Bonett)

     

     

     

     

    The following files have been removed from the website to save space.  However, they are available on request from Viv by emailing her on lcspublicity@hotmail.com

    Dvořák Mass in D – Concert 3 December, 2016

    Tea Party at Sheila’s – 15 June, 2016

    Stars of Trinity Laban – Concert 4 June, 2016

    Karl Jenkins’ Requiem – Concert 21 May, 2016

    Quiz Night – 26 February, 2016

    Beethoven Mass in C – Concert 5 December 2015

    Lunch at Judith’s – 19 September, 2015

    Coffee Morning at Jill’s – 8 July, 2015

    Stars of Trinity Laban – Recital 13 June, 2015

    Acis and Galatea – Concert 9 May, 2015

    The Malt – 28 March, 2015 (One image)

    The Age of Mozart – Concert 6 December, 2014

    Soirée July 2014

    Cream Tea July 2014

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – Farewells and Au Revoir

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – The Church Service

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – The Concert, the Second Half

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – The Concert, Dido and Aeneas

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – Afternoon Tea

    French Choir Visit May 2014 – Rehearsal

    Frence Choir Visit May 2014 – Reception at Town Hall

News & Newsletters

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    Published: December 6th, 2016

Chair

Shirley Hewitt

Secretary

Sheila Hammond 01425 614023

Musical Director

Michael Goldthorpe

Accompanist

Timothy Rice

Main Photographer

William Bonett

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