Lymington Choral Society

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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 will commence when coronavirus restrictions allow.

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 Maureen Askin, the LCS Secretary, on 01590 641420 or email

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 was the Musical Director of Lymington Choral Society from 2006 to April, 2020.  He was granted Honorary Life Membership of the choir in October, 2020.  He 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.
The choir has not been able to meet during the Covid 19 crisis but hopes to recommence rehearsals on 1 September, 2021 under the leadership of Guest Conductor, Philip Daish-Handy.

Performed Works

Te Deum

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

Choral Fantasia
Mass in C Op 86

A Ceremony of Carols
Saint Nicolas

Ecce Sacerdos

Christmas Cantata (2019)

Stabat Mater (2018)

Messe de Minuit

Make we Joy (World Premiére)

Mass in D

From the Bavarian Highlands

Requiem Op. 48

Eternal Light

Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (2018)

Cant de les Estrelles

Acis and Galatea
The Messiah (1961, 2017)

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 (2002, 2019)
The Seasons

Christmas Day

Wassail! (2019)

Karl Jenkins
The Armed Man

St Paul

Dixit et Magnificat KV193
Mass in C K317 (Coronation)
Requiem K626 (2018)
Solemn Vespers K339

Magnificat (2018)

Messa di Gloria

Dido and Aeneas

Petite Messe Solennelle

Mass of the Children

Christmas Oratorio (2006, 2017)

Magnificat D486
Mass in G

Christmas Story

de Souza
Loved and Unloved (World Premiere)

Five Negro Spirituals (A Child of our Time)

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Gloria (2009, 2017)


Darren Abrahams, Tenor 1988/9
Jeanette Ager, Mezzo-soprano 1998, 2000/6
Katherine Aitken, Mezzo-soprano 2015
James Atkinson, Bass 2018
Susanna Andersson, Soprano 2003/4
Marie Arnet, Soprano 1999
James Atherton, Tenor 2002

Helen Bailey, Soprano 2007/9
Charlotte Baptie, Soprano 2013
Charlotte Bowden, Soprano 2018
Valérie Beauducel, Mezzo-soprano 2014
Emma Bell, Soprano 1998/9
Michael Bell, Tenor 2019
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

Lise Christensen, Mezzo-soprano 2005
Tamsin Coombs, Soprano 2008
Rosanna Cooper, Mezzo-soprano 2017 (2)
Sarah Cox, Mezzo-soprano 1997
Nicholas Crawley, Bass 2012

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

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

Thomas Faulkner, Baritone 2010
Sarah Fox, Soprano 1997
Louise Fuller, Soprano 2017

Emily Garland, Soprano 2011/12/14
Robert Garland, Baritone 2016
Elliot Goldie, Tenor 1997
Emily Gray, Mezzo-soprano, 2017

Hugo Herman-Wilson, Bass 2017
Thomas Hobbs, Tenor 2007/8

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

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

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

Véronique Macé, Soprano 2014
Rozanna Madylus, Mezzo-soprano 2014
Esther Mallet, Soprano 2019 (2)
Julia Martinez, Mezzo-soprano 2018
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

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

Matilda Paulsson, Mezzo-soprano 2003
Jacob Phillips, Bass 2018
Richard Pinkstone, Tenor 2018
Julian Podger, Tenor 1998
Hannah Poulson, Mezzo-soprano 2016
Alice Rose Privett, Soprano 2012

Samuel Queen, Baritone 2012

Kieran Raynard, Bass 2015
Emilie Renard, Mezzo-soprano 2012
Michael Ronan, Bass 2019
Edward Ross, Tenor 2018
Kate Royal, Soprano 2006
James Rutherford, Bass 1996 -2006
(15 occasions)

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
Ben Smith, Tenor 2017
Rebekah Smith, Soprano 2014
Helen Stanley, Mezzo-soprano 2012
Andrew Staples, Tenor 2004
Louisa Stirland, Soprano 2018
Suen Yin Shin, Soprano 2014

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

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

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
Andrew Knights, Oboe 2019
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 2014/15/17/18/19
Ian Richardson, Piano 2011
Joseph Shiner, Clarinet 2013

Image gallery

    Please click on photos to enlarge

    Quiz Night -13th March, 2020 Photos Michael Goldthorpe

    Concert – 14 December, 2019 Photos William Bonett


    Blessing of the Crib – 29 November, 2019 Photos William Bonett

    Trinity Laban Event – 2 November, 2019  Photos William Bonett


    Fundraising Lunch- Milford-on-Sea 1 November, 2019  –

    Photos M Goldthorpe

    Photos Margaret Newbery

    Choral Day with Alexander L’Estrange – Milford-on-Sea 12 October, 2019  Photos M Goldthorpe. To view more click here

    Composer of the Christmas Cantata on the LCS Programme for Winter 2019

    Geoffrey Bush, centre front row

    Coffee Morning – Sheila’s 12 June, 2019 (Photos M Goldthorpe)


    The Creation – Concert 11 May, 2019 – (Photos W Bonett)

    More photos on front page of website and on the page headers

    Rehearsal 8 May, 2019 –   (Photo M Goldthorpe)




News & Newsletters

  • Exciting News!

    The Society hopes to resume rehearsals on 1 September 2021 with a view to holding a concert at Christmas 2021, subject to the lifting of Covid restrictions.  The Choral Society will be led by its interim musical director, Phil Daish-Handy.

    Published: March 14th, 2021


Pat Mennie


Maureen Askin 01590 641420

Musical Director



Timothy Rice

Main Photographer

William Bonett

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