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

The Artavian Singers are joined by the Artavian Baroque Orchestra (Leader - Ann Monnington) and Soloists in music by Bach & Handel. This includes J.S.Bach’s Hunting Cantata, (rather appropriate for Exmoor)  Handel excerpts from Julius Caesar (including Caesar’s famous Aria with obbligato horn), and The Triumph of Time and Truth  selection of solos and choruses.

Our soloists are:

Angela Henckel & Rosemary Galton - Sopranos

Miranda Westcott - Mezzo-Soprano

Roy Rashbrook - Tenor

John Ward - Bass

We are especially pleased to welcome Gavin Edwards, Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music who with Baroque horn specialist Richard Lewis will be bringing the unique sound of the Natural Horn to Woolhanger.

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.