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Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival

Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival

16th–24th June 2018

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

The Dartmoor Society is holding 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.

We are working with some highly respected and well known partners – Simon Ible (Conductor, Ten Tors Orchestra 1998–2017), Wren Music, Seventh Wave Music and others, besides a wondrous diversity of musicians and composers.

We are proud to say that the festival will be a masterclass in excellence for everyone to enjoy, whatever your taste in music. Several newly composed pieces will be premiered and of special interest will be John Woolrich’s reworked ‘Wistman’s Wood’.

A special Festival Booklet will be produced to outline the story of Dartmoor music, besides providing details of the programme and of musicians and composers.

Ticketing details will be available early in 2018, and the programme is shown further down this page.

Sponsorship and Donations

Sponsorship has been coming in from a variety of grant-giving bodies, businesses and individuals, but we are still seeking more support to ensure that the Festival is the best it can possibly be. Even a contribution of £5 will help pay for a professional musician or a venue booking. The names of those who donate will be listed in the Festival Booklet (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

If you would like to make a donation towards the Festival, there are three ways you can do it:

1. Online Payment

Use the buttons below to donate a specific amount, or make a donation of your own choice.  You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. We encourage you to also complete a Gift Aid declaration (see below).

2. Bank Transfer

Please transfer your donation to the following account:

Bank: Lloyds Bank plc (Okehampton branch)
Sort code:
Account number: 28470960
Account name: The Dartmoor Society Event Account

Please use DRMF as the transaction reference. We encourage you to also complete a Gift Aid declaration (see below).

3. Cheque

Please make your cheque payable to the Dartmoor Society and write DRMF on the back. Post it to: The Dartmoor Society, PO Box 38, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0XJ.

Gift Aid

If you make a donation and are a UK taxpayer, we encourage you to complete a Gift Aid declaration. This allows us to claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you donate, at no cost to yourself.

You can download a printable Gift Aid declaration form below. Please complete and post it to: The Dartmoor Society, PO Box 38, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0XJ.

Download the Dartmoor Society Gift Aid Declaration Form

Gift Aid Declaration Form

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Programme (subject to change)

Saturday 16th June

St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, evening concert

Sunday 17th June

Dartmoor Songways – Ancient Trail: Pack ponies + minstrels – daytime journey from Postbridge to Gidleigh Village Hall, with theme of ancient music, travelling by stone circles, etc. New songs and music created (Seventh Wave Music).

Monday 18th June

St Andrew’s Church, South Tawton (+ refreshments in Church House) evening concert

Tuesday 19th June

Buckfast Abbey evening concert of medieval music by Voces, directed by Martyn Warren

Richard Davy (c.1465–1507, based at Ashburton for 4 years or so):


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

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

Wednesday 20th June

Clearbrook Village Hall – Seth Lakeman evening lecture/recital, in conversation with Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker: ‘Dartmoor my inspiration’.

Thursday 21st June

Lower Merripit, Postbridge – Music of Granite and Bone, evening event (Seventh Wave Music) – Ancient music, prehistoric-style instruments and solstice event.

Friday 22nd June

Lower Merripit, Postbridge – Midsummer Dance Night evening event (Seventh Wave Music) – ‘a wild Dartmoor celebration with ancient and medieval music and songs’ with WoodWose/Daughters of Elvin, and Bones.

Saturday 23rd June

1. Fiddle Day, Fairplace Church, Okehampton, daytime event (coordinated by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll).

2. Evening concert, Charter Hall, Okehampton – Baring-Gould and his Dartmoor Songs, hosted by Wren Music.

Sunday 24th June

Evening Choral Event in St Michael’s Church, Princetown.