New musical work to premiere in Lyme Regis

‘Go, Goliath!’ composer Nicholas Brown

ST Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis is to host the world premiere of an exciting new musical.

‘Go, Goliath!’ is a semi-staged musical work by local musician Nicholas Brown and Colyton resident Simon Ford. It tells the biblical story of plucky David and his giant adversary, Goliath.

The premiere will take place on Saturday, June 29 when a massed choir of children and adults will come together with professional soloists for the ‘come and sing’ event, rehearsing in the afternoon and performing the show at 5pm.

“It’s a dramatic cantata in a slightly jazzy mould,” said Nicholas.

“I’ve written it for a unison chorus – aimed at children, as well as a four-part choir of adults, so singers of all ages can enjoy taking part.

“The story of David and Goliath is a familiar one, and the music is fun and accessible, so naturally we’d love to see all ages in the audience, too.”

Those taking part will include St Michael’s Children’s Choir; the Devon Youth Choir with their conductor, Rachel Smith; members of church choirs from across the Golden Cap Team; and members of Lyme Bay Chorale and other adult choirs from the area.

David will be played by tenor Alex McNeice, who is a pupil at Colyton Grammar School, while baritone David Fouracre will be Goliath.

Other solo parts will be sung by Matt Kingston (Jesse), Leslie Baker (Passer-by) and Nicholas Arrow (Saul). The narrator will be bass Daniel Rudge.

Alex Davies – musical director at St Michael’s – will play the organ, Alison Davies will play the saxophone, and Peter Lea-Cox will play the piano.

The event is being supported by the Aldhelm Mission Fund, which supports initiatives in parishes, schools and the wider community throughout the Salisbury Diocese.

The fund is intended to encourage and provide resources for creative thinking and risk-taking, particularly through new projects and work that connects the church to the wider community.

Everyone is welcome at the 5pm performance, which is free of charge with a retiring collection. The show will be about an hour long followed by a fundraising hog roast supper behind the church, in aid of the church’s tower appeal.

There may still be a few singing places available – for full details email Alex Davies on organalex@yahoo.com if you would like to take part.

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