A SPECIALLY created group of singers will give a light-hearted concert next week in aid of the Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme, which aims to resettle a Syrian refugee family in the area.
The Lyme Light Singers – a group of musical friends who all sing in other local choirs – will be performing madrigals, folk songs and other lively pieces from Orlando Gibbons and John Dowland to Vaughan Williams and beyond.
There will also be a couple of solo instrumental items and a comic monologue. The Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme was set up last year and is raising money to sponsor the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family in the local area.
Under a government scheme that aims to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK before the end of 2020, local groups must raise a minimum of £9,000 to support a two-parent family.
“This is such a good cause, and we’re all delighted that we can use our musical talents to help people in need,” said the group’s leader, Ian Luckraft, who has organised the concert with his wife Kay.
“We’re lucky to have so many good singers around here, and it was easy to get the group together because everyone wanted to help.”
The concert will be held tomorrow (Friday, July 12) at 7.30pm in the Pine Hall at Lyme Regis Baptist Church. Tickets are £8 or £5 for students, available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138, Uplyme Stores or on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval.