Lyme Bay Chorale will be performing a Requiem on Remembrance Sunday, (November 12) at 4.30pm in Lyme Regis Parish Church to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The choir has hosted many fundraising concert on this day. In past years they have sung the Requiems by Duruflé, Fauré and Mozart, and this year they will perform John Rutter’s modern work, composed in 1985, plus the well-known anthem Greater Love Hath No Man by John Ireland.

Musical Director Alex Davies will conduct, and organist Peter Irving will accompany the choir as well as playing a solo work, César Franck’s Pièce Héroïque. Soprano Oriel Chapman, who is the current recipient of Lyme Bay Chorale’s bursary for young singers, will perform two solos in the Requiem. Oriel is in Year 12 at Colyton Grammar School and is aiming to study music at university, possibly with an organ scholarship. She is already an accomplished singer, and also plays the violin, piano and organ.

“John Rutter’s Requiem is a reflective, uplifting work with soaring melodies and rich harmonies,” says Alex. “The music creates an absorbing world of sound that’s perfect for Remembrance Sunday. We’re looking forward to performing this wonderful music on such a meaningful occasion.”

Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Royal British Legion.

This will be Lyme Bay Chorale’s fourth concert this year and follows a joint performance with Woodroffe staff and pupils in February, a St George’s Day concert in April and a fundraiser for the RNLI during Lifeboat Week in July. They will round off the year on Sunday 10 December at 4pm with a ticketed performance including Rutter’s Gloria and Christmas carols for choir and audience.

Lyme Bay Chorale is an SATB choir of about 32 singers, based in Lyme Regis. It usually gives two concerts of classical and modern choral music each year (spring and Advent) in St Michael’s Church plus at least one fundraising concert.