In addition to its Regular Group and Project work, Wren runs a wide range of other Special Events, each of which offers participants the chance to stretch themselves and explore new opportunities,
Inspired by the Bideford Port Memorial Trade Maps, the Trade Roots project explores the traditional music that connects North Devon communities to the rest of the world. Join Wren Music’s North Devon Folk Orchestra and Choir on a musical journey across the sea and discover the fascinating history of Bideford’s trade links. The show features songs, music, stories and images that stir the imagination and evoke times past.
Local architectural ceramicist Maggie Curtis, the creator of the Port Memorial maps, will launch her new book as part of this event. ‘Trade Maps’ details Maggie’s research into the making of the trade map friezes.
Thursday 18th July - The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington - Tickets
Saturday 20th July - The Cygnet Theatre, Exeter - Tickets
Friday 27th September - The Appledore Book Festival
For more info please contact: Becki Driscoll on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sing Around The Bay project 2019 has been launched, with over 300 school children packed into White Rock School Hall. As well as doing warm ups and singing songs the children all took part in an initial consultation event to tell us what sort of things they like to do and are interested in and then we tailored the theme to create - 'Animal Watch'.
A very exciting development for this project has been that Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker have been supporting and mentoring four singer songwriters to work with the schools: Emily Howard, Steve Sowden, Leah Whitcher and Jane Anderson-Brown.
More details to follow soon!
2018 will be hard to beat, but we have hopes to make it even better next year, for the 20th Anniversary Folk Festival 2019. Tickets are already selling! We have an international line-up that includes the singers from Sardinia Sos Cantores (whose leader Angel Pisanu made a surprise visit this year), Dandari from Latvia and our friends from Iceland Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir. The full line up will be published soon, so watch out via the www.wrenmusic.co.uk
Voices in Common, North Devon Folk Choir and Rough Music Folk Orchestra of North Devon (FOND) are working up some special repertoire linked to Bideford’s maritime history thanks to the research that Becki is doing with FOND member Maggie Curtis.
Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire.
Brought to you by Wren Music, a long established folk and community music organisation, responsible for bringing the Baring-Gould Folk Song Manuscript collection back into the public domain, which in turn was one of the foundations for the Full English online archive.
The regular tutors from the Wren team are Sarah Owen, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson and they will be joined by
Tim van Eyken (photo inset). Tim is folk singer/actor (War Horse) and he is an advocate for the Linklater
Voice technique, an actor’s approach to the natural voice, which Tim applies to singing.
Sarah is singer and composer and an Estil vocal practitioner, and Marilyn and Paul are founders of Wren Music
and experienced singers and songwriters taking English folk song to unexpected places.
Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.
Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .
The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.
Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.
Price: £300 plus an option on a £30 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (25th to 27th October)
Tickets go on sale next week. To book via (Paypal) visit our on-line Shop or send a cheque to:
Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR
For more details contact: Marilyn Tucker Artistic Director/CEO
Tel: 01837 53754
Details of other events to follow ..... also watch the Calendar!
Wren Music presents a candlelight performance by the East Devon Folk Choir and MenSing, Wren's all male choir, at Beer Quarry Caves
A rare invitation to join us in this stunning environment and experience the incredible acoustics. Come and share a unique evening of folk song magic in three and four-part harmony.
The performance starts at 7.30pm and will last roughly one hour - Arrive from 7pm to be fitted with a helmet
Due to safety considerations places are limited and prior booking is essential
£6/£4 (students or those on income related benefits)
Please dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. This is a standing performance, including walking through the caves and you can bring a lightweight folding chair if you wish ....