AN EXTRA concert by Lyme Bay Chorale will take place this season to celebrate 10 years since the arrival of the Škrabl organ at Lyme Regis Parish Church.

The three-manual, 50-rank organ was installed in 2010 after a widespread fundraising campaign.

On Saturday, February 15, the choir will present a programme of music that puts the magnificent instrument in the spotlight. The concert's centrepiece will be Zoltan Kodaly’s 1966 work Laudes Organi, with other pieces including Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer and Geistliche Lied, as well as Nachtlied by Max Reger and Esti Dal by Kodaly.

Soprano Kate Barnes will sing two solo songs by Reger, and organist Alex Davies will play Toccata and Fugue (opus 59) and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata no. 1 in F minor.

Alex Davies, organist and director of music at St Michael's as well as musical director of Lyme Bay Chorale, said: "It has been a privilege to play this great instrument over the last decade. The organ has brought significant benefits to the church and to the wider community, touching the lives of people from near and far who come to services, concerts and recitals."

The concert is being organised in partnership with the South Wessex Organ Society and will be conducted by Peter Lea-Cox, the society’s artistic director.

Lyme Bay Chorale is an SATB choir of about 25 singers. Formed more than a decade ago, the choir usually gives two concerts of classical and modern choral music each year.

Musical director Alex trained at Trinity College of Music, working at various London churches with professional choirs and as a cathedral organ scholar before moving back to his home town. More details about the choir, including the Young Singers Bursary Scheme it offers, are available online at

The celebratory concert on begins at 7.30pm in Lyme Regis Parish Church. Tickets are £10 and available from Lyme Regis TIC, Penny Black cafe, or on the door. Refreshments will be available.