Past Concerts

We gave our first concert in Exeter in July 2005 (jointly with a local group of singers), which was much enjoyed by a small but discerning audience.

We have since given concerts in Crediton in March 2006 (jointly with a local West Gallery Group), in Exeter in March 2007 (jointly with the Red Square Balalaika & Domra Ensemble), and in June 2008 in Exeter (jointly with Companie Guilia).

Our most recent concerts are at the top of this list, or click on a year.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023


All Saints Church, Kenton, July 15th 2023
Evening concert featuring Rosemary Robinson (Spinet) and Andrew Collis (Recorder). Rosemary’s spinet was made by her husband Stephen.


Colin Touchin – Manchester Welcome Dietrich Schnabel – Symphony No 1 in D minor
JS Bach – Harpsichord Concerton in D minor BWV 1052 (Spinet soloist: Rosemary Robinson. Telemann – Sonata in C from Essercizzi Musici. Andrew Collis (Recorder) and Rosemary Robinson (Spinet).
Elizabeth King – A Night in Nidavellir
Elizabeth is a member of the orchestra.
Rosemary Robinson – Revelry
William Bryd – The Leaves be Green Arr Rose Marie Terada – Hava Nagila (Israeli Folk Dance)


Exeter Cathedral, Saturday January 21st 2023
Lunchtime concert, the programme included extracts from works to  be performed in full at our forthcoming concert at Kenton Parish Church in July.

Plymouth Christian Centre, July 16th 2022
Dietrich Schnabel
– Symphony 1st movement
Glenn Miller  – Moonlight Serenade
Staeps – Unicorn’s Grace
Strauss – Die Fledermaus
Mozart – Overture to the Magic Flute
Holst – First Suite for Military Band
Philips – Pavan Passamezzo
Stephen Watkins – Blorsta on Broadway
Encore – Teddy Bears Picnic

Exeter Cathedral, April 9th 2022
Dietrich Schnabel  – Symphony 1st movement
Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade
Staeps – Unicorn’s Grace
Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus
Philips – Pavan Passamezzo
Stephen Watkins – Blorsta on Broadway

Parish Church, December 11th 2021
Mozart – Overture to the Magic Flute
Holst – 
Suite for Military Band
– The Unicorn’s Grace
Philips – Pavan Passamezzo
Stephen Watkins – Blorsta on Broadway

Saturday February 15th 2020, 1.15pm Exeter Cathedral



Sören Sieg – Celebration Johann Strauss – Overture to die Fledermaus
Steve Marshall – Concertino for Contrabass Peter Philips – Pavan Passamezzo
Hans Ulrich Staeps – The Unicorn’s Grace Stephen Watkins – Blorsta on Broadway

Saturday June 15th 2019, 7.00pm – St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth,  

Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute Stephen Watkins: Symphony No 2
Palestrina: Canite Tuba in Sion Sören Sieg: Celebration
Dag Wiren: March from Serenade for Strings Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite
Steve Marshall: Concertino No 6 for Contrabass recorder. Soloist: David Heyes (Double Bass) Mozart: Romanze from 3rd Horn Concerto. Soloist: Shirley Brown (Horn)

Saturday February 16th 2019, Exeter Cathedral

Mozart – Overture to the Magic Flute Mozart – Romanze from Horn Concerto No 3. Horn soloist, Shirley Brown
Stephen Watkins – Symphony No 2, Mvmts 2 and 3 Dag Wiren – March from Serenade for strings
Palestrina – Canite Tuba in Sion Grieg – Aase’s Death and In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No 1

Saturday June 16th, 7.00pm – Concert in St Margaret’s Church, Topsham

A joint concert with the church choir (who will be performing Beatus Vir by Monteverdi), including music by Schnabel, Debussy, Malcolm Arnold, Dvořák and Schutz

Saturday 17th February 2018 – Exeter Cathedral.

Sunday June 18th 2017 – St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells with Guest soloist David Heyes (Double Bass)
Programme (See also the Gallery)

Holst – Second Suite for Military Band Mozart – Adagio, K411
Steve Marshall – Concertino No 2 (David Heyes, Double Bass) Bach – Brandenburg Concerton No 2
 Dietrich Schnabel – Sinfoniette für Kammerorchester  Dennic Bloodworth (arr) – Renaissance Dances
Guus Haverkate (arr) – Hello Dolly 

Holst, Mozart, Bach, Schnabel, Marshall

Exeter Cathedral, 14th Jan 2017
Sound Recording of the concert.
Holst – Second Suite for Military Band (on folk songs)
Schnabel – Sinfonietta, 1st movement
Mozart – Adagio
Bloodworth – Renaissance Dances
Arnold – Two Cornish Dances


Earlier Concerts

17th April 2010: Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral
Movements from Delibes: Airs de Danse
Stabat Mater – Palestrina
Concerto in F Major – Telemann (Soloist Trevor Furness)

5th June 2010: United Reformed Church, Dawlish
Movements from Delibes: Airs de Danse
Mille Regretz – Josquin des Pres
Response: Les Miens aussi brief – Susato Stabat Mater – Palestrina
Concerto in F Major – Telemann (Soloist Trevor Furness)
Traumgesichte – Dietrich Schnabel
Gopak – Mussorgsky

17th July 2010, St James’s Church, Exeter
Same programme as on 5th June, above. See videos of this concert click here

18th June 2011, 7.30pm – Concert at St James’s Church, Exeter.
The programme will include:
Popular Renaissance Dances (arranged by Denis Bloodworth)
Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.1 by Handel
O Mater Mundi by William Mundy, played on lower instruments
Ye Sacred Muses by William Byrd (written on the death of Thomas Tallis) played on lower instruments
Symphony No 4 by Steve Marshall

16th July 2011, 7pm – Concert at United Reformed Church, Dawlish
Programme as above.

20th August 2011 – joint concert with the Phoenix Recorder Orchestra at the Cheltenham Recorder Festival

10th December 2011 – Concert in the Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral, Programme and videos here.

Saturday 7th July 2012, 7pm – Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Mamhead, nr Dawlish, Devon

Programme included:
Fantasy (8th Consort Set) – William Lawes
Da Pacem Domine – Arvo Pärt
Concertino No 4 for Contrabass recorder – Steve Marshall
Concerto Grosso No 8 (Christmas Concerto) – Corelli
Fantasy for Three Trebles – Thomas Lupo
Seaport Jump – Hans Joachim Teschner
Ballad, Blues and Riffs – Andrew Challinger

Saturday December 15th 2012, 1.15pm – Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Programme included:
Bethlehem Down – Warlock
Sinfonia Pastorale – Bach
Carol of the Bells – Trad arr Steve Marshall
Quem Vidistis pastores – Lassus
In Dulci Jubilo – Trad arr Pearsall

Saturday June 22nd 2013, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Parish Church, Ottery St Mary
Ballads and Blues

Fantasy – William Lawes
Fantasy No 2 – John Ward
The Nutting Girl – Traditional tune set by Alyson Lewin
Chinatown – Jean Schwartz, arranged by Denis Bloodworth
Mega-RONY – Pete Rose
English Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged Stan Davis
Seaport Jump – Hans Joachim Teschner
Purple Neon – Lance Eccles
Greensleeves – arranged Steve Marshall
Ballad, Blues and Riffs – Andrew Challinger

Saturday 20th July 2013 7pm, Mamhead Church
Ballads and Blues (Programme as in Ottery, above)

Saturday 8th March 2014, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Church, Teignmouth
Part of the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival.
Programme consisted of 16th Century to contemporary works, including Telemann’s Concerto in F major, featuring guest soloist, James Risdon

Saturday 19th July 2014 – the orchestra took part in the Orchestra in a Field event at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset.

Saturday 17th January 2015, Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral
Lunchtime concert

Saturday 9th May 2015, Crediton Parish Church (Videos on the Gallery Page)
Schmelzer – Sonata for Recorders
Summertime, George Gershwin
Mendelssohn – Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn – Nocturne from “Midsummer Night’s Dream (Horn Solo Shirley Brown)
Mussorgsky – Gopak, from Sorochintsy Fair
Schein – Canzon
Zielinsky – Magnificat M Zielenski
Warlock – Capriol Suite
Lyndon Hilling – Midsummer Meadow Suite
Creamer/Layton – After You’ve Gone Creamer/Layton

Saturday 20th July 2015, Sidmouth Methodist Church.
The programme was the same as for the concert in May (above) but with one additional item:
Handel – Harp Concerto, Soloist Robin Ward
Video on the Gallery page.

Saturday 16th January 2016 – Exeter Cathedral
Programme included:
Canzon on “Aechiopica” – Scheidt
Slavonic Dance in F Major Op.46 No.4 – Dvorak
Symphony No.2: 2nd & 3rd Movements – Hawkes
Overture Miniature from The Nutcracker Ballet Op.71 – Tchaikovsky
English Folk Song Suite – Vaughan Williams

Saturday 5th March 2016 St Michael’s Church, Teignmouth with harpist Robin Ward as part of Teignmouth Classical Music Festival (ran from 4th to 6th March)

Sunday 17th July 2016 3pm All Saints Church, Long Ashton, joint concert with the church choir
Canzon on Aeciopica – Scheidt
Slavonic Dance Op 46 no 4 – Dvorak
Jauchzet dem Herrn – Schutz (with choir)
Romance Op 51 No 5 – Tchaikowsky arr Paul Clark
English Folk Song Suite – Vaughan Williams arr Denis Bloodworth
Miniature Overture from Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikowsky arr Schnabel
Symphony No 2 – John Hawkes
Moon River – Mancini arr Paul Clark
On the Trail of the Pink Panther – Mancini arr Leenhouts.