Lymington Choral Society

Contact Us: 01425 614023

Lymington Choral Society

Patrons and Associates

Lymington Choral Society is very grateful for the support of its Patrons and Associates.


Wendy Eathorne


Dr and Mrs I Johnston


Mr Denis Rothwell



Associate Members

Mr W Adams

Mr and Mrs K Banks

Mr P Barnes

Associate Members

Mrs M Clarke

Mr H Hendey

Mrs N Kirby

Associate Members

Miss J Lewington

Mrs S M Lewis-Bizley

Dr and Mrs T McEwen

Associate Membership is available at a cost of £30 single and £60 joint membership per annum and this resource is vital to the Society’s growth. You receive one ticket per membership for the two main yearly concerts, invitation to any post-concert parties and to our AGM.

If you are interested in becoming a Patron of the Society at a cost of £70 per annum (two tickets per concert), we would be delighted to hear from you.

To become a Patron, Sponsor or an Associate Member, please contact:

Ann Lewington
01425 610922

Sponsors and Funders:

Lymington Choral Society is very grateful for the support of its Sponsors and Funders.

Lymington & Pennington Council



The Trustees of the Rachael Sharman Charitable Trust administered by Clarke Willmott

VEC Acorn Charitable Trust


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Shirley Hewitt




Sheila Hammond

Hon. Treasurer

Nichola Kirby

[Independent Examiner

Roy Patterson]

Section Rep: Bass

Chris Hobby

Section Rep: Soprano

Maureen Askin

Section Rep: Alto

Sue Rusling

Section Rep: Tenor

Barry Kent

Ex Officio

Michael Goldthorpe

Fundraiser and Choir Archivist

Jill Hendey

Publicity and WebAdmin (Co-Opted)

Viv Parsons

Patrons and Associates

Ann Lewington


Ann Blacklock


Publicity Working Party:

Cynthia Chambers

Margaret Newbery

David Parsons

Vivien Parsons

Musical Director

Michael Goldthorpe has been the Musical Director of Lymington Choral Society since 2006.

He was born and educated in York and studied at Trinity College Cambridge where he performed in the college choir, orchestra and wind band whilst reading for an English degree. After further study at King’s College London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he joined the BBC Singers and the music profession in 1968. Since then he has travelled widely with various Chamber Operas, The London Opera Group, Kent Opera, The Chelsea Opera Group, The English Bach Festival, L’Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing and The Royal Opera Company Covent Garden.

He has broadcast numerous recitals and concerts for the BBC and stations in Europe and Singapore, becoming closely identified with the French Baroque revival of the seventies and eighties, and making many records and television appearances.

He has taught for several London music conservatoires, directing choirs and ensembles, and has been a vocal tutor for both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

He is also currently Musical Director of the New Music Makers, Hedge End, vocal tutor at Priestlands School, and founder director of a travelling group of musicians and actors, The Bold Balladiers.


Timothy Rice has been involved in music from an early age. Piano tuition started at home and, at the age of six, he also joined the local church choir of his home town in Essex. Interest in the organ was almost immediate as the probationary period in the choir required new choristers to sit alongside the organist at the console during services for the first few weeks; it was from this vantage point that Timothy watched and listened in fascination at the skill of the organist and the sound of the instrument. After progressing to Grade V on the piano, he was then allowed to embark on the thrills of organ playing. At the age of thirteen, Timothy took his first organist post at a neighbouring parish church. He gained his Associateship of the London College of Music (for piano playing) while still at school and, in 1989, became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. Timothy has lived in the New Forest area since 1983. He was Director of Music at Hordle Parish Church from 1983, a post he held for thirty-two years until being appointed to his present position as Director of Music at St. John’s Church, Boldre in 2015. Timothy is also accompanist to Lymington and Ringwood Choral Societies and works as a freelance organist and accompanist.


We welcome all voice parts, particularly tenors and basses.

Don’t worry if you have not sung for a while, we are a friendly crowd and will make you feel at home.  If you love classical music and would like to join us please call Sheila on 01425 614023.  We practise at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Wellington Room, Lymington Community Centre.  Look forward to meeting you!
HONORARY TREASURER required. Singing or non-singing member, references to be supplied. Please phone 01425 614023 for more information on this interesting role.


Shirley Hewitt


Sheila Hammond 01425 614023

Musical Director

Michael Goldthorpe


Timothy Rice

Main Photographer

William Bonett

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