Local students awarded Lyme Bay Chorale bursaries

Fleur Gardner-Wray

LOCAL choir Lyme Bay Chorale has announced that it is awarding bursaries to two young members this season.

The beneficiaries are Fleur GardnerWray, who has joined the soprano section, and Alex McNeice, who has been singing tenor with the choir for about a year.

As well as free choir membership, the young singers receive five free singing lessons with an experienced teacher during each choir term. In return, they commit to attend at least nine rehearsals before each concert and to take part in the performance.

Fleur is in her final year at Colyton Grammar School preparing to take Alevels in maths, further maths, physics and music, as well as singing in the school choir. She hopes to study engineering at university.

“When my school music teacher told us about the bursary, I thought it would be a good way to try some singing lessons as well as to get experience with a different choir,” she said. 

Alex McNeice

“I’m really enjoying it so far, particularly learning voice technique with the specialist teacher.

Alex is at Woodroffe School studying for GCSEs in Latin, music, classics and religious studies. He also sings with the Colyton choir and the Royal Schools of Church Music’s Intermediate Millennium Youth Choir, and would like to take a degree in music.

Fleur and Alex will be among the singers taking part in a masterclass with professional singers Philippa Hyde (soprano) and Paul Esswood (countertenor), who are the choir’s patrons, at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis on Saturday, December 7. 

There are still a few places available in the masterclass, and anyone interested should contact the choir’s musical director Alex Davies by emailing organalex@yahoo.com

The following day (Sunday, December 8) Lyme Bay Chorale will give their Christmas concert, also at St Michael’s performing works by Bach, Handel and Haydn with professional soloists and an orchestra.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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