The Ashburton Singers…

Spring Songs!

Ashburton Arts Centre

Glorious choral music, medieval to contemporary, celebrating stars, earth, wind and water.

Music By

  • Debussy: Dieu!  Qu’il la fait bon regarder
  • Elgar: My love dwelt in a northern land
  • Finzi: My Spirit sang all day
  • Gjeilo: Ave generosa
  • Lauridsen: Sure on this shining night
  • Moeran: The river-god’s song
  • Rutter: Icicles
  • Stanford: Bluebird
  • Tormis: Lullabies
  • Vaughan Williams: Three Elizabethan partsongs
  • Whitacre: Sleep


Date: Saturday 25th March 2023

Venue: Ashburton Arts Centre

Director: Bridget Ansell

Piano: Elfyn Jones

Tickets: £10 full price / £8 or £5 if you prefer – please pay what you can.

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Spring Songs

Love Songs & Lullabies

Buckland in the Moor

Date: Saturday  9th July 2022 – 7.30 pm

Venue: St Peter’s Church, Buckland in the Moor

In aid of Church Roof Repairs

Director: Bridget Ansell

Soprano: Isabella Wagner

Organ: Ian Curror


Date: Thursday 14th July 2022 – 7.30 pm

Venue: St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton 

In aid of Chapel Restoration Fund

Director: Bridget Ansell


Date: Saturday 16th July 2022 – 7.30 pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Abbotskerswell

In aid of British Red Cross (Ukraine Aid)

Director: Bridget Ansell

lullaby concert

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

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