Young musicians to star in Lyme autumn concerts

PUBLISHED: 07:01 05 September 2018

The magnificent  Škrabl organ in St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The magnificent Škrabl organ in St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Talented organists lined up for the Autumn season at St Michael’s Church

The annual series of autumn concerts at St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis begins on Sunday September, 16.

The focus this year is on young organists, some of whom have developed their talents through the Diocese of Salisbury’s PipeUp scheme.

Four of the performers are still in their teens.

All the concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Katie Ninham will open the series in her second solo appearance at the console of the church’s marvellous Skrabl organ, giving local music lovers a chance to hear her play before she moves on to Durham University.

On September 23, established pianist Duncan Honeybourne will give a concert to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Duncan has put together a programme called ‘Echoes of the Great War’, which promises to be both moving and memorable.

The popular combined PipeUp students’ concert is on September 30, when players aged between 10 and 18, and at different stages of learning the organ, will show off their skills.

Next, on October 7, it’s the turn of Arthur Pallecaros, a Salisbury Cathedral student who demonstrated his excellent mastery of the organ in the combined students’ concert last year.

PipeUp coordinator Richard Godfrey, who teaches several of the young players, will give a concert himself on October 14, and Alexander Palotai – the new organ scholar at Salisbury Cathedral and already a virtuoso of the highest order – will bring the series to a close on October 21.

All concerts are free, with a retiring collection.

* The PipeUp scheme is in its 11th year and trains young organists through Saturday morning lessons at centres in Dorset and Wiltshire, with financial support from the Diocese of Salisbury’s Tindall Trust.

PipeUp centres include St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis and St Mary’s Church in Dorchester.

The Dorchester centre has trained more than a dozen new organists over the past five years - currently six young people are training there, and another three in Lyme Regis.

Membership of the South Wessex Organ Society – the successor to Lyme Regis Organ School – is open to all at an annual subscription of £15 single and £25 for a couple.

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