Lyme Bay Chorale patron to perform at Christmas concert

PROFESSIONAL soprano Philippa Hyde, one of Lyme Bay Chorale’s patrons , will perform a solo by Handel at the choir’s Christmas concert next weekend.

Philippa (pictured) will sing ‘Haec est Regina Virginum’, as well as solo parts in two of the other works in the programme – ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’, also by Handel, and the ‘Heiligmesse’ by Haydn.

The choir, which is based in Lyme Regis, will also sing ‘Jauchzet, Frohlocket’, the rousing opening chorus from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

They will be accompanied throughout much of the concert by a small orchestra of strings, woodwind and brass, plus organ, played by Peter Parshall, director of music at Axminster Parish Church, and harpsichord, played by local keyboard specialist and Bach expert Peter Lea-Cox.

The other vocal soloists singing in the concert are Kate Barnes (soprano), Rachel Bennett (alto), Paul Tindall (tenor) and Julian Sutton (bass), as well as baritone David Fouracre, who lives in Colyton.

The concert will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 4.30pm in St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis. Tickets are £13 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC (01297 442138), Penny Black Cafe or choir members, or £15 on the door. Entry is free for those aged 18 and under.

Philippa will also give a masterclass in the church on the previous day at 2.30pm with fellow patron Paul Esswood (countertenor).

Several members of the choir will be taking part, and everyone is welcome to come along and listen free of charge with a retiring collection.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s musical director Alex Davies said: “We’re excited to welcome Philippa and Paul back to Lyme Regis. Their masterclass is a wonderful opportunity for some of our singers to learn from the best in their field, and Philippa’s solo piece in our concert is certain to be magical.

“We’re lucky to have such talented, renowned professionals as our patrons.”

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