Forthcoming Events & News


Our Treasurer reports that OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, DONATIONS TO MAINLY LOCAL CHARITIES HAVE TOTALLED OVER £13,300. A wonderful result, and thanks to the Artavian Singers and to our many instrumentalist & singer friends for their generosity to enable this.

            The Artavian Singers pictured at the Hospice Concert in Swimbridge



                                                Michael, me, Jacqui & Peter


Our two concerts - Baroque around Europe and Christmas Words and Music raised over £1,250 for the Calvert Trust; a great result;  and our Christmas concert enabled us to send a cheque for £500 to Médecins sans frontières

The Birthday Concert at Woolhanger was a great success, and in fact we were sold out.

Our young trumpeters and drummer stole the show, but the whole orchestra played beautifully, and the soloists were superb. A memorable occasion.

The final chorus can be viewed here (cut and paste into your browse)

Sunday 24th June ‘A Rural Life’

The Octagonal Music Room, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe EX31 4RF at 7pm By kind permission of Graham & Beverley Mellstrom.

A wonderful concert with fantastic playing and singing by all to a full house. Stand outs for me were Miranda Westcott as Julius Caesar singing ‘Va tacito’  with the incomparable Gavin Edwards on natural horn. They stood next to each other which was great theatre as well. In the second half, Jane Downer on oboe played her solo divinely, matched by Angela Henckel as Beauty in the final aria of Handel’s  The Triumph of Time & Truth: Guardian Angels Oh protect me! All in all a triumphant success.

2019 programme.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24th in Marwood Community Hall

Milltown, Muddiford, Barnstaple EX31 4HF at 7pm.

A treat is in store as we transform (in our minds eye!) Marwood Community Hall into a soaring cathedral where a Bishop is to be consecrated. The instrumental music is by Charpentier and culminates in his beautiful and inspiring Mass for FOUR CHOIRS and orchestra. We will welcome the Winkleigh Singers (with Musical Director Roland Smith)  representing Choirs 3 & 4 while the Artavian Singers will be Choirs 1 & 2 The Artavian Baroque orchestra will be completing the rich sound.
The Tickets are £12 each and the performance will run without interval for 75 minutes approx.

Contact me on for tickets or at Upper Gorwell House, Goodleigh Road, Barnstaple EX32 7JP with a cheque (made payable to Friends of Artavian Baroque) and S.A.E for return of tickets

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15th in the Octagonal Music Room, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe, Barnstaple EX31 4RF at 3pm.

We gather once more in the wonderful Music Room at Woolhanger for an afternoon of Christmas themed music and readings. Music will feature Soprano solos and duets, and instrumental music by Corelli and others. We have great pleasure in welcoming back Soprano Lizzy Humphries who will be bringing her friend Soprano Danni O’Neill.

Tickets £12 each

I hope to see you at either or both of these events



I look forward to seeing you again at our events, and thank you for your support.

Please contact me by e-mail (, or by telephone (01271-267091) for tickets or more information.