Lymington Choral Society

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Lymington Choral Society

Patrons and Associates

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


Wendy Eathorne


Mrs Daphne Johnston


Mr & Mrs Michael Matthews


Mr Denis Rothwell

Associate Members

Mr W Adams

Mr P Barnes

Mrs M Clarke

Associate Members

Mrs J Goodman

Mr L Gregory


Associate Members

Mrs N Kirby

Miss J Lewington

Mrs S M Lewis-Bizley

Associate Members

Rev. Dr & Mrs C J M Maxwell

Dr & Mrs T McEwen

Mrs L Sunderland

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 Rachel Sharman Charitable Trust administered by Clarke Willmott

VEC Acorn Charitable Trust

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Pat Mennie


Maureen Askin


Karen Brett

 [Independent Examiner Nichola Kirby]


Section Rep: Soprano

Jane Gibbons

Section Rep: Alto

Sue Rusling

Section Rep: Tenor

Barry Kent

Section Rep: Bass

Chris Hobby

Ex Officio


Fundraiser and Membership Secretary

Sheila Hammond

Fundraiser and Choir Archivist

Jill Hendey


Ann Blacklock

Patrons and Associates

Ann Lewington

Minute Secretary

Maureen Askin

Website Admin.

Viv Parsons (not committee member)

Publicity Team:

Cynthia Chambers

Tony Harris

Margaret Newbery



The dynamic English performer Philip Daish-Handy has entertained audiences across the world. Known for his musicianship and projection, Philip came to prominence after winning the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Competition, leading to numerous performances and several recordings. Philip sings at St Thomas’ Church, and was Musical Director of the Highcliffe Choir for 4 years. During his time at Highcliffe, Philip led the choir at the prestigious International Eisteddfod, Llangollen on several occasions and made a celebrated Christmas Carol CD recording, ‘I Wonder as I Wander’. He studied singing with Mary Denniss MBE for over 8 years, and attended many choral conducting courses and seminars. Philip founded and is Artistic Director of the Nova Foresta Classical Players; the New Forest’s professional orchestra. With his orchestra, Philip has collaborated with numerous choirs and choral societies to form choral extravaganzas, ‘come and sing’ events, candlelight concerts and Christmas concerts throughout the UK.
Philip was delighted to join the Lymington Choral Society officially in October, 2021.


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 his local church choir. 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 under the vigilant ears and eyes of a cleric who also just happened to be conductor of a choral society. 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 Choral Society and works as a freelance organist and accompanist.

Honorary Life Patron

Michael Goldthorpe was the Musical Director of Lymington Choral Society from 2006 to April, 2020.  He was granted Honorary Life Patronage of the choir in October 2020.
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.


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 Maureen on 01590 641420.

We practise at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, subject to Covid restrictions, in the Gates Hall, The Lymington Centre.
Look forward to meeting you!


Pat Mennie


Maureen Askin 01590 641420


Phil Daish-Handy


Timothy Rice

Main Photographer

William Bonett

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