Our October concert

Voce is a new 16 piece auditioned choir led by Joe Beckhelling. We started in November 2021 and members come from a variety of backgrounds including music graduates, and others for whom singing in such a small choir is a new venture.  There is a wide age range, with our youngest member 16 years of age, and  the oldest ‘in their sixties’.
‘Our repertoire includes sacred and contemporary choral music, English madrigals, arrangements of popular music’, says Joe Beckhelling, ‘as well as new compositions/arrangements written by members of the choir.’

The next free concert is on Sunday 25 September with a welcome return of Somerset’s own troubadour Reg Meuross.

Reg performing for Music on the Levels in February 2020

Reg is now is touring with latest album RAW, and other songs of history, protest, love, loss, and legend from 13 previous releases as well as new songs from two forthcoming projects – Fire & Dust (songs about the life of Woody Guthrie) and Stolen From God (unfolding the history of the Transatlatic slave trade in the SW).

The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage.


Someone said: ‘If something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it!’ And this proved to be the case when Reg performed here in February 2020 with a especially composed song about Westonzoyland. Challenged by a resident in 2010 to write a song about the village, the composition became a moving tribute to the many who fought and died in the Battle of Weston in 1685, and travesty of justice that followed.


Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

“I’m happy to be returning to sing in this beautiful church, to a wonderful audience and community,” says Reg.

Masterfully accompanying himself on his  ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, harmonica, tenor guitar, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

“…assured a place in the pantheon of great folk songwriters.” David Kidman, The Living Tradition

“Classic, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen” The Guardian


“The remarkable singer-songwriter that is Reg Meuross” Sean Rafferty, Radio 3


“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system and requests that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to the Reg Meuross concert are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

The next free concert is on Sunday 26 June 2022 at 3 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP with Rough Round The Edges.

Rough Round The Edges is a group of friends who have a shared love of music, this ranges from folk songs and tunes to classics like My Old Man’s a Dustman. The group performs with banjo, mandola, whistles, guitar, recorder, flute and percussion.

Rough Round the Edges has taken part in the Glastonbury Fringe, Night at the Abbey and the Lavender Fields, Axbridge. It has also played for Barn Dances and in a range of places including tents, a cow shed and even an inglenook fireplace.

Rough Round the Edges comprises: Andy Savage on 12-string guitar, vocals, 5-string banjo and harmonica; John Herbert- mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo flute, whistle and vocals; Kitty Herbert- fiddles; Suzie Williams- flute, whistles and keyboard; Louise Savage- percussion and descant recorder.

The multi-talented group draws on many traditions and experiences. Andy, the main vocalist and lead guitar, has a deep love of traditional folk songs and has written several beautiful songs in his own gentle style. John is a veteran of the Irish traditional music since the 60s and respects the style of The Dubliners and The Chieftains. A former teacher, Kitty is a dedicated musician taking inspiration from hearing Boys of Lough in 1998. Suzie, pleased to be back playing live music again, adds flute and whistles to her keyboard skills. In addition to providing percussion and sound effects, Louise renders beautiful melodies on her recorder.

Andy comments:  ‘We are very happy to have been asked to play in Westonzoyland and are looking forward to being part of Music on the Levels.’

Arrangements for this concert

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system and requests that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to Rough Round The Edges are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

. . . and a reminder of our last concert by Sarah and the String Syndicate