News...Winter 2018


New release:

Musical First Fairy Tales - a new CD of four first fairy tales brought to life with music -
 "trumpets for the king, drums for the bears and an Irish whistle for the elves"

The Three Pigs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Princess and the Frog

Original music woven with storytelling - imaginative and entrancing.

Release date 15th December - more info to follow.

This is Rachel's second CD for children. Her first CD was titled The Silly Monkeys - 10 Jataka Tales   www.thesillymonkeys.co.uk

"Rachel Miller’s tellings of the Jataka tales are a delight, a delicious fusing of words, music and sound effects" 
Matt Harvey, Poet, BBC Radio 4 

"My daughter has listened to these tales over and over again. I love them too. Fantastic!"
Lisa Green, Mum and Textile Artist.


 Early Years Arts Morning starting in Ashburton -  for under 5's ( and over 2's) 

Foundation skills in music and movement taught through songs, movement puppetry and creative music making. 

Ashburton Arts Centre

Tuesday mornings


more info see:


see www.facebook.com/earlyyearsartsmorning


Congratulations to everyone who played Medieval music at Med Theatre's production in Ashburton. We had a wonderful review and the music was much appreciated!

New Group for the New Year - Medieval Music for Mums!  Come and play beautiful nourishing music in a warm and friendly environment. Wednesday morning - once a month - 9.30 - 10.45 am   Ashburton

The Merrymakers - the children's medieval music group ( recorder based) will be rehearsing again in preparation for various events.

Free Recorder Resource - videos on how to play recorder - first notes.
Available free on SaMM website - http://www.sammtotnes.org/content/recorder-page

These videos support the teaching in 'Sing and Play' a foundation skills in music group for 5-7 year olds at SaMM Totnes - the wonderful Saturday morning music school in Totnes. They are free to all.


Just before Xmas 2017 the newly named - Merrymoor Consort - the community medieval group  - performed 'Mary of the Moor' at Ashburton Arts Centre as a fundraiser.

It was a poetic and musical telling of a medieval tale from Bovey Tracy - a touching tale of a child being healed. It was set in beautiful medieval music played by the consort with poems by Dartmoor poet - Rachel Burch.

We are just planning an event for this year - will post date and details as soon as confirmed.

Audience feedback was really lovely and we hope to perform it again next Xmas.


Current Adult Groups:

Adult Groups:

Recorder Consort - once a month

The recorder consort plays some beautiful classic recorder repertoire as well as some interesting pices from other genres.An intermediate group with a focus to work on pieces and develop a superb sound as a group.


Medieval Ensemble - once a month

The medieval ensemble continues to be a delight - especially with the addition of a cellos. Mostly for flutes and recorders - playing early medieval music. The emphasis of this group is on having a really enjoyable time playing beautiful but easy music. All welcome - easy level.


Childrens Groups: 

So far - the groups have been arranged on a project basis - so rather than a weekly commitment - rehearsals have been arranged depending on the project. 

In the groups - with simple arrangements - kids play the larger and very beautiful recorders easily. 


For those who thought recorders were just little shrill sounding instruments - have a listen to these clips: 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x52-VKWI9hg


and 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXkRgUvY6PM

....and this children's recorder group...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh5Q-403sIQ



Contact - 01364 652939