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A very warm welcome to our website, the choir 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.

WE ARE RECRUITING NOW, so if you enjoy singing and would like to join our choir,
please see the details below.
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.

Please contact our Chairman or Secretary as below.
Bill Wakeham: email billjwakeham@hotmail.co.uk tel. 07768 344662.
Nick Thomas: email nickbhc@tiscali.co.uk tel. 01626 437891

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2019

The Choir at Cadogan Court

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.

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Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting

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.

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2018

Pre-Christmas Appearances.

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.

Provincial Carol Service held at Exeter Cathedral, December 8.

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.

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The Church of the Ascension, Crownhill.

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'.

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St. Mary's Church, Plympton

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.

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The Choir at Cadogan Court

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.

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Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting

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.

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Our Sponsors

Jill Hurford.
In memory of her late Father, W.Bro. Jeffrey Hurford, a member of Tormohun Lodge.

Mark Bowes-Cavanagh.
Advanced Development and Safety Laboratories. ADSL.

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