The Ashburton Singers…

Darkness Into Light

Saturday 26th March 2022 – 7.30 pm

St Luke’s Church, West Street, Buckfastleigh

Director: Bridget Ansell

Soprano: Isabella Wagner

Organ: Ian Curror

Darkness into Light

Spring Songs, Love Songs and Lullabies

Saturday 28th March 2020 – 7.30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton

Next concert poster - cancelledWith Pianist Jenny Quick

Elgar From the Bavarian Highlands

Shaw Six Shakespeare Songs

Rutter When Icicles Hang

Tormis Ingrian Evenings

Whitacre Animal Crackers


Sorry, this concert has had to be cancelled due to Corona virus concerns. We hope to reschedule later in the year.

Christmas Concert 2019

Leusdon Church ViewFantasia on Christmas Carols

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 7.30 pm 

St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh


Baritone Matt Hulbert

Organ Ian Curror

Leader Susan Smallshire



Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Holst Christmas Day

Howells Here is the little door

Lauridsen O magnum mysterium

Gjeilo Northern Lights

Gardner Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Vaughan Williams Four Carols from “The First Nowell”

Summer Tour 2019

Saturday 29th June – Thursday 11th July

Saturday 29th June 7.30  St David’s Church, Ashprington

Thursday 4th July 7.30    St Mary the Virgin, Denbury

Thursday 11th July 7.30   St Mary’s Church, Abbotskerswell

Saturday 6th July 7.30      Bovey Tracey Methodist Church


Ashburton Choirs Festival 2019

The Ashburton Singers and Global Harmony

Friday 10th May 7.30

St Andrew’s Church, Ashburton

Tickets £6 (£2 under 15’s) from choir members, Ashburton Information Centre or

Sacred Music, Madrigals, Chansons, Folksongs and Partsongs by

Byrd, Viadana, Gjeilo, Morley, Josquin, Sermisy, Vaughan Williams, Tormis

Summer Concerts 2018

“Just as the Tide was Flowing”

Folk Songs of the British Isles, Yugoslavia and Estonia


The Ashburton Singers presented a programme of ballads and folk songs arranged for choir by Vaughan Williams, Holst and Stanford, including the well-known Northumbrian songs Bonny at Morn and Dance to your Daddy, the stirring Irish ballad The Sword of Erinand the lovely Cornish tune I love my love. 

Also on the programme, in an arrangement by the Hungarian composer Matyas Seiber, were Yugoslav folk songs depicting a fairy-tale rose growing in a green mountain valley and the horsemanship of the dashing Hussars.

Veljo Tormis, the celebrated Estonian composer, wrote choral works based on the folksong and poetry of languages that are now disappearing or extinct.  His mesmeric and unusual settings are instantly appealing.  In the programme were Estonian Wedding Songs, Roundelay and Russian Sailor’s Song.


Saturday 7th July 7.30 pm  

St Michael’s Church, Ilsington

Entrance free; Retiring Collection


Saturday 14th July 7.30 pm 

St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton

Entrance free; Retiring collection

Spring Concert 2018

Joseph Haydn

Joined by organist Ian Curror and a string orchestra led by Susan Smallshire, the Ashburton Singers directed by Bridget Ansell performed Haydn Little Organ Mass and Rheinberger Stabat Mater

Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Johannis de Deo, known as the Little Organ Mass, was composed in the mid-1770s for the Brothers of Mercy who ran the hospital in Eisenstadt, where Haydn lived while employed by Prince Esterhazy.

Intimate and short, with some movements less than a minute long, this cheerful work is full of expressive melody and quiet reverence.   It is scored for solo soprano, a four-part choir and modest orchestra with an organ, which has a charming solo in the Benedictus.

A feminine perspective can be felt in Rheinberger’s dramatic and heartfelt  Stabat Mater.  Rheinberger’s music stands firmly in the line from Bach, Haydn and Beethoven, and his style is characterised by flowing melodic lines and the expressive use of harmonic colour.

Other seasonal music in the programme included Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, composed in the last year of his short life and justly counted among the most famous and well-loved choral pieces, and music by   Victoria, Byrd, Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner and Gjeilo

Saturday 24th March 7.30 pm

St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh

Free entry  Retiring collection

Advent Concerts 2017

The Ashburton Singers warmly invite you to raise your voices with choir and organ in several well-known Advent Carols during our concerts of varied and evocative music for Advent.

Composers and musicians have for centuries found inspiration in the seasonal texts of Prophecy and the Virgin birth and consequently there is a wealth of magnificent music in which to celebrate this time of year.

The Singers present a programme of European sacred music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries accompanied on the organ by Stephen Tanner.

From the joyful “Angelus ad Virginem” in a lively setting by Andrew Carter to the contemplative “How beautiful upon the mountains” by John Stainer, the concert includes music by the German Renaissance composers Michael Praetorius and Johannes Eccard and hymns to the Virgin by Arvo Part and Sergei Rachmaninov.

There will also be the opportunity to join with choir and organ in well-loved Advent hymns such as “On Jordan’s Bank” and “Hills of the North, Rejoice!”


Saturday 25th November 

With Stephen Tanner Organ

St. Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh

Interval refreshments include mince pies, mulled wine and mulled apple juice.

Entrance free – retiring collection


Saturday 16th December

Ipplepen Methodist Church

Interval refreshments

Entrance free – retiring collection

Proceeds to the building fund

All concerts start at 7.30 pm

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