LYME Bay Chorale will give an extra concert this season to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the Škrabl organ at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis.
The three-manual, 50-rank organ was installed in 2010 after a widespread fundraising campaign.
The choir is preparing a programme of music that puts the magnificent instrument in the spotlight, the centrepiece being Zoltan Kodaly’s 1966 work ‘Laudes Organi’ (‘In Praise of Organs’).
They will also sing ‘Hear my Prayer’ and ‘Geistliche Lied’ by Mendelssohn, both accompanied by the organ, as well as ‘Nachtlied’ by Max Reger and ‘Esti Dal’ by Kodaly.
Soprano Kate Barnes will sing two solo songs by Reger, and organist Alex Davies will play Toccata and Fugue (opus 59) by Reger and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata no. 1 in F minor.
The concert will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, Penny Black Café or on the door, and refreshments will be available.
“It has been a privilege to play this great instrument over the last decade,” said Alex Davies, who is organist and director of music at St Michael’s as well as musical director of Lyme Bay Chorale.
“The organ has brought significant benefits to the church and to the wider community, touching the lives of people from near and far who come to services, concerts and recitals.”
The concert is being organised in partnership with the South Wessex Organ Society and will be conducted by Peter Lea-Cox, the society’s artistic director.
On Sunday, February 16 at 11am there will also be a special Sung Eucharist at St Michael’s with an invited choir of local singers, directed by Matt Kingston.
The Venerable Paul Taylor, Archdeacon Emeritus of Sherborne, will lead the service.
Music will include excerpts from the Mass of St Thomas by David Thorne and ‘Messe Solenelle’ by Louis Vierne, plus the introit ‘I Will Sing with the Spirit’ by David Goodenough.