Groups News...Autumn 2018


Medieval play in Ashburton: 'Stapledon'

Med Theatre - commissioned by the Guild of St.Lawrence - have created a new play;

A community play for Ashburton, based on the life of Walter Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter and High Treasurer of England under Edward II.

Pre-Show Music for this play is going to be provided by the Medieval group called the Merrymoor consort - the childrens Medieval group and a medieval workshop group in Ashburton.
Community Medieval Music - free 15 minute pre-show performances.

Setting the medieval mood and celebrating our medieval heritage.

Beautiful 12- 14th century music played by members of the local Ashburton community.

Thursday 27th - Merrymoor Consort - Recorders, Flutes and Cellos.

Friday 28th - Merrymakers Children’s Consort

Saturday 29th - Ashburton community medieval music ensemble

More info see;

New 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

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The Merrymakers - the childrens medieval music group ( recorder based) will be rehearsing again in preparation for various events including the medieval play and the Ashburton town medieval banquet on October 6th.

Free Recorder Resource - videos on how to play recorder - first notes.

Available free on SaMM website -

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.

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

Watch this space for more community activity - including an invitation to play at the Bread Weighing and Ale Tasting medieval day this year again with the Merrymakers - the children's medieval group.

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:


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

Contact - 01364 652939