The Winkleigh Singers

Registered Charity Number 1171218

Hon. Patron:

Sir Richard Stilgoe

Musical Director:

Roland Smith

Our next open rehearsal will be on Monday 3rd September 2018: 7.30pm-9.30pm with a break for refreshments at Umberleigh Christian Fellowship Building on the A377 opposite the Rising Sun pub.

We will be working on the programme for our Christmas 2018 programme.

Completion of the three week trial for those who wish to continue after this open evening will coincide with the time we start working on Purcell's King Arthur for our 9th July concert.

FREE to non members and counts towards our three rehearsal trial period. See our membership page for further information.

Please contact us if you are planning to attend so we can be sure to have enough music available and sufficient chairs!


Saturday 13th October 2018

St Michael's Church, Great Torrington.

Workshop 2.00pm-5.00pm, performance 6.00pm-7.15pm

Come and Sing Brahms' Requiem

Open to all singers, the event is being organised by St Michael's Church.

The workshop and performance (in English) will use Brahms' own intimate arrangement using piano duet instead of a huge orchestra.

Soloists: Tina Gladwin and John Hobbs

Piano duet: Tom Bayliss and Peter Clarke

Workshop and performance to be directed by Roland Smith.





Mondays 5th September 2016, 9th January 2017 and 24th April 2017, 4th September 2017, 8th January 2018, 9th April 2018.

Excellent and enjoyable evenings following which a number of people joined the choir.



Monday 7th September 2015



Monday 8th September 2014

An excellent and enjoyable evening following which several people joined the choir.


Saturday 13th October 2012

This workshop was a sell out with participants travelling many miles to take part. Again this was an inspirational day with one of the sopranos, who took advantage of a masterclass opportunity, reaching stratospheric heights beyond the high F required by Mozart's Queen of the Night...

  • Great to have the young people with us. Time flew!
  • Worth every penny. She’s superb.


Workshop held on Saturday 9th July 2011 with Deborah Miles-Johnson

This is what some of the people who attended had to say at the end of the day:

  • Brilliant voice coach – clear teaching method delivered with humour. Extremely valuable workshop experience.
  • Real value for money
  • Very enjoyable and educational day for all levels of singers
  • When my grandfather asked me if I wanted to go to a singing workshop with the Winkleigh Singers, as he is a member, I thought, why not, it might be fun. And when he said it was with someone called Deborah Miles-Johnson, as if that was something important, I didn’t know what he was on about. He then told me that she had worked with and trained the voices of the BBC choir. A while before the workshop I did some research and found out all about her. And come the day I was nervous, but ecstatic. When the workshop started, I was having second thoughts about whether this was a waste of time and I remembered I don’t like singing in front of people, but after the first song I was sure I would never regret this. With the raw power of our voices together, we sounded like a professional choir. It was literally breathtaking. We sang in foreign languages and listened to soloists singing pieces of their choice. I was able to close my eyes and just sink into the music. If I was asked my favourite piece then it would have to be Zadok the Priest. I also enjoyed doing breathing exercises and singing into our hands. Before the workshop, Deborah had said she “Doesn’t really do children” but I think she is an amazing singing coach for all ages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and if it is ever on again, I recommend it to anyone who likes to sing, never mind your age. It is a great day out for the whole family.

Isobel Pan, age 11


Workshop held on Saturday 6th November 2010 with Bonnie Bradley Bailey (voice tutor) and Roland Smith (musical director)
This was the first stage in the choir's commitment to a long-term programme of encouraging young people to join them, on an equal footing, for training and performance of choral music.

  • Where else, other than at a Winkleigh Singers workshop, can you find out the musical significance of apple, pineapple, huckleberry and hippopotamus pies? ...or sing a choral arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon? ...or find out who (according to our Hon. Patron) was the inventor of the musical scale and why it has only seven notes?
  • More than thirty people from teens to... (probably best not to say) filled the room and started the day with a most constructive voice training session with Bonnie Bradley Bailey; not just singing but breathing, posture, tuning and "making the sound". We followed this by learning and rehearsing Alan Bullard's A Christmas Feast for SATB choir and Youth Choir, a "highly enjoyable and amusing" piece. The day concluded with a most convincing performance of the whole work.
  • "The workshop was fantastic. All my friends from South Molton choir really enjoyed it"
  • "Thanks for a great day - I really enjoyed it..."


Earlier workshops have been directed by:

Nigel Perrin (former high voice of The King's Singers)

Evelyn Tubb (soprano soloist and voice tutor)


The Winkleigh Singers