A very warm welcome to our website, the choir normally meets for rehearsal every Monday evening at Dartmoor Lodge, South Brent, usually at 7.00pm, and will extend a hearty and fraternal welcome to all who wish to join us. Due to current circumstances all choir practices are cancelled until further notice.
WE ARE RECRUITING NOW, so if you enjoy singing and would like to join our choir, Please contact our Chairman or Secretary as below. ________________________________________________________________________ Interested in the social media?
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Whether you are a novice or an experienced singer, we would love to hear from you.
You would be welcomed into a happy and uplifting environment of like minded masons.
Chairman. Bill Wakeham: email email@example.com tel. 07768 344662.
Secretary. Maria Boskett.
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Zoom Meetings are continuing, refer to circulated emails.
Our activities were severely curtailed due to the Covid restrictions.
On Sunday, December 15. "A wonderful event with over 350 or so Freemasons, families and friends filling the church in a superb service led by The Revd Prebendary Robert Harris. The voices from our Devonshire Masonic Choir led by W.Bro. Barrington Sowden gave us some superb songs including ‘Joy to the world’, Isacc Watts 1674-1748, ‘Do you hear what I hear’, Noel Regney and Gloria Baker 1847,’ The Coventry carol’, Robert Croo 1534 and ‘While Shepherds watched their flocks’, Lyngham, interspersed with Carols for all to sing and readings all brilliantly read by the PGM, Dept PGM, AsstPGM’s and Provincial Wardens." For further details and link to photographs view here.
Thursday September 19th. The Devonshire Masonic Choir was honoured to lead the congregation in singing at the funeral of Grand Officer Richard Beeson of Sincerity Lodge at Weston Mill Crematorium Plymouth. He was held in high esteem, very well known, and totally dedicated to promoting Freemasonry throughout the Province. Sadly Richard knew his time on this earth was limited and he courageously made all the necessary arrangements in advance. This included a poignant phone call to the Choir Chairman, to discuss the hymns which he had requested. The funeral service was well attended and sincere thanks were received from Richard's daughter, Sarah, and their family.
Saturday June 22nd. Our second appearance at this annual event, enhanced and enlivened by the addition of our Female Masons. Two presentations, the first after the opening address and the second prior to the residents' luncheon. For further details view this link.
On Monday April 15 the ‘Devonshire Masonic Choir’ again had the privilege of singing three numbers at the Devon Provincial Grand Lodge meeting - 'Finlandia Hymn', 'Let there be peace on earth'and 'When I'm sixty four'. The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, The Provincial Grand Master, introduced the Devonshire Masonic Choir and was again very pleased with our performance.
Masonic History was made!
Freemasonry hit a high note recently when Devonshire Masons became the first mixed Choir in the Country. Their first performance was held at the Annual Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in Torquay. Permission was sought from the Provincial Grand Master the Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, who enthusiastically supported both the formation of the Choir and the addition of Female Masons.
The Devonshire Masonic Choir was formed in 2017 with Male Masons only, although it was decided at their second AGM by a majority, to include Lady Freemasons in it's ranks. The Ladies have brought with them an extra dimension of sound, their enthusiasm and ability has added to the total enjoyment of participation in song!
The aim of the Choir is to help raise much needed finances for various Charities and of course to assist the Provincial Grand Master in the Province of Devonshire.
Following our acclaimed public debut at Exeter Cathedral the choir rendered carols at the following locations:-
December 11 - Victory Lodge 4189, North Hill, Plymouth,
December 17 - Manadon Lodge 3033, Crownhill, Plymouth, December 19 - The Terrace Cafe, The Hoe, Plymouth.
This event was our public debut, "looking great and sounding even greater", directed by W.Bro. Barrington Sowden, we rendered the Lyngham version of "While Shepherds Watch". For further details view this link and listen here.
The Devon And Cornwall Combined Christian Degrees held their annual Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration on Sunday September 23rd. The Masonic Choir, under the leadership of Barrington Sowden, wowed the congregation with superb performances of the 'Finlandia Hymn' by Jean Sibelius and the hymn 'Eternal Father'.
The Masonic Choir led the singing at St Mary's Church, Plympton, on Wednesday 22nd August, at the funeral of a much loved Brother Phillip Anthony Jones. The pall-bearers were his fellow Brethren from Victory Lodge 4189 in Plymouth, which was his Mother Lodge. A reading was given by his son Wayne and a poem by his daughter Nicola. The eulogy was given by W.Bro Bill Wakeham. His widow Donna wished to thank the Masonic Choir, which was very much appreciated by the congregation. The Funeral service was conducted by Father Will Sweeney. Amazing Grace was sung by the Choir as the family and mourners left the Church.
The roof was lifted by song at the Cadogan Court annual fair this year. The Devonshire Masonic Choir made their mark by filling the rooms with harmony, under the direction of Barrington Sowden. Their repertoire included popular songs such as Lennon and McCartney's composition 'Yesterday', to a diverse selection including the glorious 'Finlandia Hymn' by Jean Sibelius. The audience were left wanting more, and the choir will be working hard to increase their repertoire over the months to come. Listen to the choir here
The quality of their singing was exceeded only by the smart new uniforms donated by their kind benefactor Jill Hurford. The centre front row shows Jill accompanied by Grand Lodge Officer Andy Vodden MBE. They are in turn flanked by Barrington to the left and their Chairman and founder member Bill Wakeham to the right.
On the 16th of April the ‘Devonshire Masonic Choir’ had the privilege of singing two numbers at the Devon Provincial Grand Lodge meeting - 'Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)' and The Beatles ‘Yesterday’. The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, The Provincial Grand Master, introduced the Devonshire Masonic Choir and was very pleased with our performance and said that he hopes to see us perform at many more Masonic events.
In memory of her late Father, W.Bro. Jeffrey Hurford, a member of Tormohun Lodge.
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