Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival


Saturday 16th June – Sunday 24th June


A musical evocation and journey through time marking the 20th anniversary of The Dartmoor Society


A 9-day Midsummer Music Festival, using a wide variety of venues and events, to celebrate the remarkable diversity of composers and performers of sacred and secular music, from prehistory to the present day, all inspired by Dartmoor.


This rich cultural thread, which has not been explored collectively before, will contribute significantly to a sense of place, both old and new, reaching out to communities on Dartmoor, in Britain and beyond. Several pieces of new music will be performed.


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Programme (subject to change)


Saturday 16th June


‘Impressions of Dartmoor’

Dartmoor Resonance Festival Orchestra

Conductor: Simon Ible


7.30pm at Tavistock Parish Church of Saint Eustachius, Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 8AU

Tickets: Adults £20, Child (14 or under) £5.


    Roger Bolton: New Dawn, Dartmoor Sunrise.

    John Woolrich: Wistman’s Wood (world premiere of reworking).

    Nigel Shaw: ‘Stone’ – 1st Movement of ‘Dartmoor Symphony’ (world premiere of     reworking) with Nigel Shaw solo handmade flutes.

    Clive Jenkins: Moorland Music (world premiere).

    Judy Whitlock: Three Dartmoor Letterboxes (world premiere of reworking).

    Richard Stanbrook: New piece for Oboe and Strings (world premiere).


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Sunday 17th June, 8am–9pm


‘Songways of Dartmoor’

Carolyn Hillyer, Nigel Shaw and Danielle Earp


A 12-mile moorland pilgrimage walk from Postbridge to Gidleigh, with pack ponies and minstrels, with a theme of ancient music, travelling by stone circles, etc. New songs and music created. Free (donations asked for).


More details at Seventh Wave Music.


Register at info@seventhwavemusic.co.uk



Monday 18th June


‘White Bird’

Dartmoor Resonance Festival String Orchestra

Conductor: Simon Ible


7.30pm at the Parish Church of Saint Andrew, South Tawton, EX20 2JX

Tickets: Adult £17, Child (14 or under) £5.


    Clive Jenkins: Pastorale & Allegro.

    Clive Jenkins: Sinfonietta.

    Clive Jenkins: White Bird with solo soprano Suzanne Manuell.

    Andrew Wilson: Tavy Suite.

    Andrew Wilson: Three Browne Songs Opus 111

   (words by William Browne of Tavistock, 1591–1643).

    John Woolrich: Wistman’s Wood.


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Tuesday 19th June


‘Dartmoor Resonance’

Sacred Music from the 15th and 17th Centuries

Sung by Voces, Director: Martyn Warren


7.30pm at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE

Tickets: £10 from Buckfast Abbey Box Office, Abbey Bookshop or on the door.


    The Dartmouth Magnificat (late 15th century).

    Richard Davy (c.1465–1507, based at Ashburton for four years or so).

    Sir Thomas Packe (at Exeter Cathedral during the 1490s).

    Matthew Locke, Exeter (c.1621–1677).

    John Trouluffe (d.1474 – living in Cornwall, and probably based in Exeter).

    Use of Sarum plainchant.


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Wednesday 20th June


Jim Causley & Friends: ‘A Mighty River of Song’

The Inspiration of Contemporary Folk Music on Dartmoor


7.30pm at Clearbrook Community Village Hall, Clearbrook, near Yelverton, PL20 6JD

Tickets: Adult £10, Child (14 or under) £5.


More details to follow.


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Thursday 21st June


‘GRANITE’ – The Kate Westbrook Ensemble

Kate Westbrook & Mike Westbrook with Roz Harding, Jesse Molins, Matt North, Billie Bottle and Coach York


7.30pm at Ashburton Community Arts Centre, 3 West Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT

Tickets: Adult £15, Child £5.


    Kate Westbrook/Mike Westbrook – ‘GRANITE’ (world premiere).

    Mike Westbrook – ‘Tamar River’.

    Mike Westbrook – ‘Erme Estuary’.


More details on the GRANITE page and at Westbrook Jazz.


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Friday 22nd June


‘The Call of the Heathered Hills’

Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw,

Woodwose/Daughters of Elvin and Bones


7pm–11pm at Seventh Wave Music, Lower Merripit, Postbridge, PL20 6TJ

Tickets: Adult £16, Concession £12, Child (14 or under) £5.


A wild Dartmoor celebration with ancient and medieval music and songs.


More details at Seventh Wave Music.


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Saturday 23rd June


William Andrews Fiddle Day

Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll


Fairplace United Church, Okehampton, EX20 1DT


A day of workshops, using tunes from the fiddle player William Andrews of Sheepstor.


More details at Wren Music.

Also on Saturday 23rd June


‘Gothic Dartmoor’

Songs from, and inspired by, the Baring-Gould folksong collection with Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson (Wren Music), Sarah Owen and Jon Dyer


7.30pm at Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AA

Tickets: Adult £12, Child (14 or under) £5.


More details at Wren Music.


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Sunday 24th June


‘Festival Finale: Songs of War, Cuckoos and a Witch’

Okehampton Choral Society, Devonport Park Community Choir, West Devon Benefice Choir with Andrew Wilson and Lucy Luxmoore

Soloists: Geoffrey Bersey and Morag Thomson Findlay


7.30pm at St Michael & All Angels Church, Tavistock Road, Princetown, PL20 6RE

Tickets: Adult £10, Child (14 or under) £5.


Songs of Dartmoor, Napoleonic Wars, American War of 1812 (including a world premiere of 3 × songs written by an American PoW in 1815) and Conscientious Objectors of First World War, plus ‘The Tavistock Witch’ by Andrew Wilson.


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