The Winkleigh Singers

Registered Charity Number 1171218

Hon. Patron:

Sir Richard Stilgoe

Musical Director:

Roland Smith


The programme included Britten's celebrated Ceremony of Carols with guest harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry who also accompanied the choir in two carols, Christmas Hath a Darkness and A Maiden Mild by Derek Healey.  She also performed a couple of stunning solo pieces on the harp. There were, as usual, be traditional carols for all to sing.

Saturday 8th July 2017 at 7.30pm - c.9.15pm

Concert in aid of the Restoration of the only Grade I Listed historic organ in Devon

A varied programme of sacred and secular music from the Tudor period through to the present day.

An excellent local audience attended and £385 was raised towards the restoration appeal.

Saturday 1st April 2017

Liszt Via Crucis

Mozart Requiem

with Elizabeth Roberts (soprano), Susan Legg (mezzo), Mark Chaundy (tenor), Christopher Foster (bass) and Andrew Millington (organ)

St Michael and All Angels Church, Great Torrington


Purcell The Fairy Queen

Monday 27th June 2016

Umberleigh Village Hall

In honour of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, a concert performance of Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen, an adaptation of the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Perfomed with choir members taking the solo parts.

With Joanna Preston (recorders) and Tom Bayliss (keyboard)


Handel: Messiah – complete

Saturday 12th March 2016

St Peter's Church, Barnstaple

Hannah Reynolds - soprano

Fiona Mackay - alto

Nicholas Hawker - tenor

Charles Murray - bass


with Devon Baroque playing period instruments

Traditional Christmas Concert

Saturday 19th December 2015

All Saints, Winkleigh

Advent and Christmas excerpts from Handel's Messiah with Carols for all the audience to enjoy singing.


Earlier annual Christmas Concerts have included:


Motets by Poulenc, Bruckner, Sweelink and Flecha, Cui's Magnificat and carols by Ord, Davies, Wells etc



Vivaldi Gloria

Charpentier In nativitatem Domini, Salve Puerule

Bach Wachet auf, Jesus who didst ever guide me



with Emma Spandrzyk (harp) and Andrew Downton (organ)

Britten A Ceremony of Carols

Healey, Derek:

A Maiden Mild (First European Performance)

Christmas Hath a Darkness (First Performance of version for SATB and Harp, written by the Composer for The Winkleigh Singers)



with Andrew Downton - organ

J S Bach Magnificat BWV 243a



Saturday 3rd October 2015

LUNCHTIME RECITAL, St James Parish Church, Swimbridge

Part of Singfest - Swimbridge 2015


7.00pm CONCERT, West Anstey Village Hall.


The programmes for the above two events included not-so-serious madrigals and folk songs along with some classic motets and anthems.

Brahms: Requiem

in the composer's own arrangement for soloists, chorus and piano duet

Organ works:

Liszt: Chorale and Fugue from "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"

Brahms: Praeludium und fuge in G minor

Saturday 21st March 2015

Andrew Daldorph (piano and organ)

Tom Bayliss (piano)

Tina Gladwin (soprano)

John Smith (bass)

St Michael and All Angels, Torrington


Saturday 28th June 2014

St Michael and All Angels, Torrington

Marking the Centenary of the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg – the event which precipitated the First World War.

Saturday 26th July 2014

St Peter's Church, Ilfracombe

Both Concerts with The Four Seasons String Ensemble, leader Lindsay Braga, and John Marston, organ. Horns: Tom Bayliss, Emma Nottage

Mozart Ave verum corpus (K618)

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music Solists from the Choir: Cecily Blyther, Tina Gladwin (sopranos), John Smith (bass)

Parry Songs of Farewell

J S Bach O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht (BWV118)

Fauré Requiem Soloists from the Choir: Lyn Bray (soprano), John Smith (bass).

Kiev chant Kontakion and Ikos for the departed

Review of the Torrington Concert


Thirtieth Anniversary Concert

29th March 2014 at 7.30pm, All Saints, Winkleigh

with Tom Bayliss, piano and organ

Music from 16th to 21st Centuries including:

Francis Chandler A Springtime Garland

arr. Gordon Langford From Cornwall to Quebec

Music by Rachmaninov, Mozart, Lotti, Pearsall, Stanford, Gibbons, Britten etc...


Summer Concert

5th July 2013, St Hieritha's Church, Chittlehampton

Programme of unaccompanied sacred and secular music from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries.


Great Britten!

18th May 2013, Torrington Parish Church

A celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth

with soloists Jenny Stafford, Fiona Mackay, Gwilym Bowen, Gareth John and organist Andrew Daldorph

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin, A Wedding Anthem, Missa Brevis, A poison tree (solo), Deus in adjutorium meum..., Tell me the truth about love (solo), Philip's Breeches, Festival Te Deum op. 32, Tit for tat (solo) Five Flower Songs, Rejoice in the Lamb.


Concert at Winkleigh Parish Church in aid of Tower Repair

22nd September 2012

with Tom Bayliss (keyboard)

A programme of early and baroque music, including two of Handel's Coronation Anthems


Concert at Combe Martin Parish Church in aid of the Restoration of the Rood Screen

30th June 2012

with Tom Bayliss (keyboard)

A programme of early sacred and secular music, including Byrd's Mass for Four Voices.


Concert to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Saturday 26th May 2012

In aid of The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes

Programme included three of Handel's Coronation Anthems, Madrigals from The Triumphs of Oriana, The Hills (Ireland) from A Garland for the Queen, and a selection of music used in the Coronation Service of 1953. The Concert concluded with a "Last Night of the Proms" Finale.


Concert with the Vivaldi Singers, Farnham

Saturday 17th March 2012

Host choir's 25th Anniversary Concert with the Murray Ensemble

Joint performance of Vivaldi Gloria, Vaughan Williams O how Aimiable and Handel Zadok the Priest


Concert at Parkham Church: 7.30pm, Saturday 25th June 2011

with David Read (organ)

A varied programme of madrigals, songs and anthems dating from around 1500 to the present day and including the first performance of A Springtime Garland by Francis Chandler.

Francis Chandler was a boy chorister at New College, Oxford, and then a choral scholar at Cambridge, a cathedral bass, solo singer, violinist, self-taught composer and organist. His most fruitful years were spent teaching English in Kenya, where his one-act opera Ondieki the Fisherman was produced three times and is to be revived in the autumn of 2011. After senior English posts in the West Midlands, he taught at Edgehill College, Bideford. On retirement he taught music to pupils at Stella Maris Convent School and Grenville College, Bideford. His organ music has recently been played at Exeter Cathedral and his anthem Here, O My Lord, I see Thee face to face is now in the repertoire of Exeter Cathedral Choir.

David Read was born in Dorset. He was Organ Scholar at Sheffield University and subsequently became Sub-Organist at Sheffield Cathedral. Having passed the FRCO at the age of 22 he went on to study the organ with David Sanger in London and was subsequently awarded Sheffield University’s first M. Mus. Degree with Distinction. Since moving away from a career in cathedral music, he has been Director of Music at a number of schools including West Buckland School. He took early retirement last year. He has given many performances at home and abroad both as an organist and conductor. He now lives on the edge of Littleham.


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