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. Luckily, it had been fixed by our 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 5.00pm followed by supper

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

‘May Day Music with John Marston and friends’

It went really well and many unsolicited positive comments afterwards.

AFTERNOON EVENT at St Petrock’s Church, Parracombe EX31 4RJ

Sunday 4th June at 4.30pm  Tickets £7.50 (please contact Karen on or telephone 01598 763296.)

From 2pm there will be talks and other events including teas in the Village Hall nearby to raise money for St Petrock’s Church - an ancient 11th century church with an interesting and original interior from the mid-eighteenth century. It was saved from demolition by Ruskin, and is gradually being restored by the Historic Churches Trust. We will be giving a recital of about 45 minutes of English music from the 17th and early 18th centuries at 4.30pm.  Performers: Michael Williamson - Violin,  Jacqui Robertson-Wade - Viola da Gamba,  and John Marston - Organ/Harpsichord. Music and dances by Simpson, Jenkins, Dibdin, O’Carolan and others.

WEEKEND EVENT 22nd/23rd July


Two North Devon born lads made it big in London in the 18th Century and we celebrate them in words and music.

Saturday 22nd July at 7.30 pm in St Anne’s Chapel, Barnstaple Town Centre.

A presentation of the life of John Gay (Born in Barnstaple) with his poetry and music settings with songs from The Beggar’s Opera

St Anne’s Chapel was the Grammar School when John Gay was growing up and an appropriate setting for his story

Tickets £12, Concessions £10, under 15s £5

Sunday 23rd July at 5 pm in Barnstaple Parish Church, Barnstaple Town Centre.

A presentation of the less well known John Crang (Born in North Molton) who made his fortune with a partner in London as a maker of Harpsichords (he made one for Handel) and Organs (he made one for Barnstaple Parish Church, donated by Sir George Amyand Bart., MP for Barnstaple and Handel’s friend and executor of his will) There will be a talk and some organ music of that period on the Crang organ,

followed by a traditional Choral Evensong with the Artavian Singers at 6pm

Admission by donation to Barnstaple Parish Church restoration fund

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 Magnificat, W.F.Bach Cantata for Ascension Day and other music of that period.

Tickets £25, Concessions £22, Friends of Artavian Baroque £20 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.