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)


Friday 13th April

Words and Music for the N.Devon Hospice. at Heanton Church nr. Braunton 7.30 pm

The Artavian Singers and poetry readers will be presenting our annual N.Devon Hospice concert and as usual there will be an eclectic mix of Choral music from the Elizabethan age through Shearing’s Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets to ’Never do a tango with an Eskimo’!

Mark Haworth-Booth will read some of his writings and Terry Ford reads a proper Devon monologue (translators will be on hand).

Admission will be by (generous!) donation, and a Raffle and Eats will be available

Sunday 6th May. ‘John Marston and friends’ an afternoon of Baroque music Recital and Supper at Elm House.

By kind permission of Hugh & Rachel Thomas and Charlotte & Rupert Hambly

The Carriage House, Elm House, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple EX32 0EJ at 5pm Our Thirteenth year of this relaxing and popular event with catering by Fiona Waterer

Tickets £25 (£22 for Friends of Artavian Baroque) inc. Supper. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Sunday 24th June ’Rural Life’ The Octagonal Music Room, Woolhanger Manor, Parracombe EX31 4RF at 7pm By kind permission of Graham & Beverley Mellstrom The Artavian Singers are joined by the Artavian Baroque Orchestra and Soloists in music by Bach & Handel. This includes excerpts from J.S.Bach’s Hunting & Wedding Cantatas, Handel Julius Caesar (including the Aria with obbligato horn), and The Triumph of Time and Truth choruses.

We are especially pleased to welcome Gavin Edwards, Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music bringing the unique sound of the Natural Horn.

Tickets £22 (£20 for Friends of Artavian Baroque)


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.