Lyme Bay Chorale dedicate Christmas concert to late founder

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Lyme Bay Chorale pictured during a previous Christmas concert (photo by Drew Blackmore)

LYME Bay Chorale will dedicate this year’s Christmas concert to their founder and former musical director, the late Ruth Taylor. 

The concert will be held on Sunday, December 12 at 4pm in St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis.

Ruth, who died in November, founded Lyme Bay Chorale in 2000 and was its musical director until 2007. She and her husband, Norman, moved from Lyme Regis to Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, in 2009.

Ruth is fondly remembered by those members of the choir who knew her.

“She was a wonderful lady with a great passion for singing and a talent for bringing people together,” said a spokesperson.

The performance will get off to a rousing start with ‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handel, followed by a varied programme including ‘Missa Sancti Nicolai’ by Haydn, Fauré’s beautiful ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’, and a jolly arrangement of ‘Ding! Dong! Merrily on High’ by Mack Willberg. There will also be a couple of traditional carols.

The choir’s musical director, Alex Davies, will conduct, and Andrew Millington – former director of music at Exeter Cathedral – will play the organ.

The choir has started singing together again this season after an 18month break during the COVID pandemic. On Remembrance Sunday they put on a free performance of Fauré’s Requiem in St Michael’s, raising £560 for the Royal British Legion thanks to donations from generous listeners.

Tickets for the Christmas concert are £15 on the door and £13 in advance from Fortnum Smith & Banwell in Lyme Regis (cash sales only). There’s no charge for young people aged 18 and under.

COVID safety measures, including social distancing, will be in place at the concert.

Lyme Bay Chorale is a soprano, alto, tenor and bass choir of about 25 singers, based in Lyme Regis. In nonpandemic times it gives two concerts of classical and modern choral music each year (spring and Advent) in St Michael’s Parish Church.

The choir has been performing for more than a decade and has developed a fine reputation that attracts large audiences.

Musical director Alex Davies is also the organist at St Michael’s. He trained at Trinity College of Music and worked at various London churches with professional choirs and was a cathedral organ scholar before moving back to his home town.

More details about the choir and its Young Singers Bursary Scheme are available online at

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