A LYME Regis singing group that performs songs celebrating the sea is looking for a new musical director.

Penny Dunscombe will be stepping down as musical Director with Harbour Voices from the end of March following the group's Artsreach tour.

The tour follows on from Harbour Voices' successful year of concerts and performances that have seen the group fully establish itself as one of Dorset's musical treasures.

The group of 20 men and women perform a celebration of songs of the sea, recounting tales of the Dorset coast - both past and present.

In her time as musical director Penny has moulded a gaggle of gig club sea shanty singers into a proficient and entertaining ensemble.

The group's repertoire includes both traditional shanties and new songs written by group members that pay tribute to the maritime life of Lyme Regis, interspersed with a lively commentary.

The group is looking for a new musical director who can lead rehearsals, provide tuition and, it is hoped, suggest new musical arrangements aimed at developing the group’s potential.

A strong committee provides full support to the musical director and fees are available.

Harbour Voices is determined to continue its strong local presence, which involves singing to a range of audiences in both theatres and smaller venues across Dorset, Somerset and East Devon, as well as at community fund-raising events including Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week and Folk Festival.

Many performances have been free, reaching audiences from the local community who might not normally attend more formal theatre events.

Visitors to the town are able to enjoy the group's singing and learn something of the maritime life of Lyme.

In addition, Harbour Voices sing informally in the Shelters on Lyme’s Marine Parade on a number of summertime Fridays and Saturdays. New singers are also welcome, as the group looks forward to a busy 2018.

*As part of the Artsreach tour Harbour Voices will perform at Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, on Saturday March 10 (Call 07825 339289 for tickets) and at Marnhull Village Hall, Sturminster Newton, on Saturday, March 24 (Call 01258 820381 for tickets). Both performances are at 7.30pm.