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.



Recital by the Artavian Singers in aid of North Devon Hospice

Jubilee Hall, Swimbridge near Barnstaple

This was our annual North Devon Hospice concert in its sixth year. We were in a venue new to us, and it all seemed a well organised and flexible space with a good acoustic.

The choir music was interspersed with poems and writings by Carol Ann Duffy, and choir members donated eats and wine for the interval. After expenses we were in a position to give the Hospice £710 - a great result, beating last year’s £600

            The Artavian Singers pictured at the Hospice Concert in Swimbridge

Our concert Patriots was a great success but unfortunately coincided with the Referendum result.

The audience had to be told that Arne’s ‘Alfred’ (ending with Rule Britannia) was not chosen for any political reason, but it was quite by chance that the performance followed the referendum so closely. Emotions were running high among the performers, but in spite of this they all gave of their best in performing the work. It was excellent.


Saturday NOVEMBER 26th at 7.00pm

‘Baroque around Europe’ - A Concert for The Calvert Trust at Woolhanger Manor. Parracombe EX31 4RF. 

We had a good audience for our Calvert Trust Exmoor concert and raised over £800 in donations after expenses which was great. My thanks to Jacqui, Michael and Peter. David Pepper read A Toccata of Gallupi by Browning as part of a Galuppi sandwich. The heating in the Music Room failed somewhat so it became rather cool. Hopefully, it will be fixed by our next Christmas concert.

                                                Michael, me, Jacqui & Peter


Friday 9th DECEMBER at 7 pm

in the Octagonal Music Room at Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe EX31 4RF

Christmas Words and Music

Admission by donation

Seasonal words and music, with a Raffle and Light Refreshments in aid of the Calvert Trust

Although the audience was not big, everyone seemed to enjoy the programme and the readings, and we made a very creditable £474, thanks to everyone’s generosity,and so after expenses we will be donating £450 to the Calvert Trust. Together with the Baroque around Europe concert 2 weeks ago which netted over £800, the Artavians have given the Calvert Trust over £1,250


Sunday April 2nd at 3pm followed by tea.

Swimbridge Jubilee Hall, Barnstaple EX32 0PQ.

A wonderful sunny day = reduced audience, but also meant more of the delicious tea the choir had prepared. It was a most enjoyable afternoon, and we raised £312 for the North Devon Hospice, and with some of the donations gift aided, the total should be higher than that. Many thanks to all for their generous contributions.

Monday May 1st at 5.30pm followed by7 supper

The Carriage House, Elm House, Bishops Tawton EX32 0EJ

5.30pm followed by supper

‘John Marston and friends’

Music for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harpsichord

With Nick and Nicola Jackman, Michael Williamson and Jacqui Robertson-Wade

Programme includes: Quantz  D major quartet for flute and strings, Telemann Paris Quartet in E minor, Corelli Trio Sonata in D, and a Chaconne for Flute & Viola das Gamba by Jacques Morel.

This will be our 13th May concert at Hugh and Rachel Thomas’s Carriage House surrounded by their beautiful garden. Welcome the Spring with Baroque music and delicious food.

We had intended to have this concert on 24th June in St Anne’s Chapel, Barnstaple town centre, but there is uncertainty about the North Devon Theatres who also operate the Chapel. We will postpone this  and update as we know more.

John Gay - his life and times in words and music.

We will celebrate the life of Barnstaple’s very own son; a poet who made his fortune in London with ‘A Beggar’s Opera’ and other popular works. We will be learning about his life and the music of his time including some songs from the Beggar’s Opera itself.  We will be performing in St Anne’s chapel which served as the town grammar school where John Gay attended.

Tickets: £15 per person, £12 concessions, £5 for under 16s

Space at St Annes is limited, so booking is essential.

Sunday 24th September at 7pm

The Music Room, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe EX31 4RF

A celebration concert

The Artavian Singers will be joined by Soloists and the Artavian Classical orchestra to perform C.P.E.Bach Te Deum, W.F.Bach Cantata for Ascension Day and other music of that period.

Tickets £20, Concessions £18, Students £10


Why not join or rejoin the Friends of Artavian Baroque and take advantage of the reduced ticket prices. The cost is £15 per person and your contribution helps to support us in bringing Baroque and Classical music to North Devon.

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 (01271-323202) for tickets or more information.