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.

An amazing and uplifting performance to a capacity audience of the four choir Mass on the 24th November. The sound of all four choirs and instruments including two harpsichords and organ was overwhelming when singing all together. Many thanks to all who took part, and it was good to do a joint venture with our ‘rival’ choir The Winkleigh Singers under the direction of Roland Smith.

We had a great inauguration of our new Music Room at Upper Gorwell, and the acoustics were excellent. Lizzy & Danni sang divinely in familiar arias from Messiah, and not so familiar duets by Praetorius and Couperin with instrumental accompaniment from Nick & Nicola Jackman, Michael Williamson & Jacqui Robertson-Wade and myself. More use will definitely be made of the Music Room from now on.

We raised £220 for the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple who provide drop in facilities, hot meals and care and advice for many homeless and disadvantaged people in our community. Their small group of volunteers are a dedicated band indeed.


I have decided to disband the Artavian Singers after almost 30 years! We are all getting older, and I will be concentrating on more instrumental and solo works for a while. I may reform the group in the future, but am not sure when and how. It was great to have the dedication of our singers over the years and looking back, it is amazing the wide ranging  repertoire we have performed. We have raised a lot of money for charities as well and only this Spring, we raised almost £1,000 for North Devon Hospice.


Because of the Coronavirus, there will not be any events pre-planned until a large scale concert on Sunday September 27th when we hope to perform excerpts from Vivaldi’s Cantata ‘Juditha Triumphans’ the story of Judith beheading the tyrant Holofernes (!) and excerpts from Rameau’s opera ‘ Acante & Céphise’ which features the earliest use of Clarinets in France. Trumpets, horns, drums of course.

I hope to see you once this crisis has settled down.



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.