Large-scale Sea Symphony concert in Exeter to raise money for RNLI

PUBLISHED: 18:35 04 November 2017

Musical director Laurence Blyth with Exmouth RNLI volunteers. Picture: Contributed.

Musical director Laurence Blyth with Exmouth RNLI volunteers. Picture: Contributed.


There's to be a large-scale performance of Ralphn Vaughan Williams's epic Sea Symphony to raise money for the RNLI and help save lives at sea.

It’s at Exeter Catherdral at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 25.

Choral societies from Exmouth, Exeter and Wellington will be joined by the musicians of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra for the celebratory performance. They will be led by Laurence Blyth, the music director of all three choirs.

Sue Ryan from Wellington Choral Society said: “Ralph Vaughan Williams is ranked among the finest symphonists of the 20th century and so this is a big event for all three choirs and we want to raise as much as we can for the wonderful work the RNLI do. We certainly have a much greater appreciation of this and the costs involved since our recent visit to Exmouth Lifeboat Station – fascinating.”

Dan Hodkinson, chair of Exmouth RNLI’s fundraising team, said: “With a combined choir of 200 voices drawn from Exmouth Choral Society, Exeter Choral Society and Wellington Choral Society, and the Exeter Symphony Orchestra, this is set to be a wonderful occasion. The RNLI relies on kind donations from the public to continue its work saving lives at sea, and we are very grateful that these choral societies have chosen to support the RNLI.”

The concert is sponsored by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the RNLI.

Tickets are on sale at £15, £12 and £10, with accompanied under-16s free, from Exeter Visitor Information (01392 665885), online or on the door.

The RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Republic of Ireland coasts. Since it was founded in 1824, the RNLI has saved more than 137,000 lives. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

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