Concerts and events

Bach vespers series 
Bach vespers for Candlemas:
Sunday 2 February 2020 at 4pm
St Swithun’s Church, Bridport

Featuring Bach’s cantata 82, ‘Ich habe genug’ [‘I have enough’]
The service is free of charge. There will be a retiring collection to help us defray our costs.

We are looking for singers to join the choir to lead the singing at this event. The choir will sing the well-known motet ‘When to the Temple Mary Went’ by Johannes Eccard, along with the chorales for the day. There will be a rehearsal for the singers at 2.45pm, and tea will be provided at 3.30. A small charge of £10 per singer will be collected on the day to cover additional costs. If you would like to sing in this special service, please email Peter Lea-Cox ( by Sunday 12 January, giving your name, voice part and postal address, so we can send you your music in advance.

Our series of Bach Vespers services is made possible by a generous grant from the George Eyre Charitable Trust to help with expenses


Skrabl celebration weekend

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February
St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis
The church and SWOS have worked together to organise two events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Skrabl organ.
Saturday at 7.30pm: Choral concert with Lyme Bay Chorale. Programme includes Laudes Organi by Kodaly, Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata no 1 in F minor and several songs by Max Reger. Conducted by Peter Lea-Cox with Alex Davies on the organ.
Sunday at 11am: Sung Eucharist with an invited choir. The celebrant will be the Venerable Paul Taylor, Archdeacon Emeritus of Sherborne. Music will include excerpts from the Mass of St Thomas by David Thorne and Messe Solenelle by Vierne, plus Stanford’s Te Deum in B flat. The choir will be directed by Matt Kingston and Alex Davies will play the organ. Music before the service will be played by PipeUp organ students.
Singers who are interested in joining the choir for this service should contact Alex Davies ( Choir rehearsals will be held each Wednesday at the church from January 15 (7–8pm) and on Sunday 16 February from 9–10.15am, breaking for breakfast and tea/coffee before the service at 11am.

Winter organ course 2020

Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February
Lyme Regis and Axminster

See the course page here for full details


SWOS Festival 

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 May

Including a concert on the Saturday evening and a ‘come and sing’ Bach Vespers at Whitchurch Canonicorum on the Sunday at 6pm. The AGM and president’s evening  will take place on the Friday evening in Axminster, with musical entertainment. More details to follow.