2019 Major Events

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,

Trade Roots Project





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.

Contact: Becki Driscoll on becki@wrenmusic.co.uk 

Wren Youth Gather - 12th April, 2019

At The Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR

A fun day of music-making for young people aged 8-18 and their families.  No musical experience is needed but please bring your own acoustic instrument if you have one.

The day will include options for singing, playing and dancing, special family workshops for parents / carers and younger siblings, a ceilidh and a BBQ lunch!  (Booking is essential so that we know numbers!)

Day Plan:

10.00 - 10.45   welcome, games and warm-up

10.45 - 12.30   Workshops

12.30 - 1.30    BBQ lunch (at Ebenezer Hall, across the road)

1.30 - 2.30     Workshops

2.30 - 4.00     Ceilidh, celebration and final song

To book - email Jon or Becki - jondyer@wrenmusic.co.uk  /  becki@wrenmusic.co.uk and / or send this Booking Form to Wren offices or your Wren Music leader.

Sing Around the Bay 2019

The Sing Around The Bay project 2019 has been launched, with over 300 school children packed into White Rock School Hall to help devise a theme for next year’s concert. As well as doing warm ups and singing songs the children all took part in a consultation event to tell us what sort of things they like to do and are interested in so we can tailor the theme to fit.

This is a very exciting development for this project as Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker will be supporting and mentoring four singer songwriters to work with the schools: Emily Howard, Steve Sowden, Leah Whitcher and Jane Anderson-Brown.

20th Anniversary Baring-Gould Festival


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

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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. This will also be touring later in the year with concerts at The Plough and The Cygnet. If you want to be part of that, then join one of these groups.

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Martin Scragg - Cygnet Theatre on Friday 7th June, 8.00pm


Accomplished Devon-born singer and guitarist Martin Scragg collaborates with Wren Music’s 21-voice male singing group MenSing to bring you an evening of powerful, radical and sociable songs with plenty of chances to join in. 

Accompaniment instruments will include guitars, accordion, piano and some more exotic relatives. 
Wren Music’s Paul Wilson is the musical director of MenSing.


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Since their formation a couple of years ago, the voices of MenSing singers have been heard in local festivals, community halls and busking locations as well as at Exeter Chiefs matches, while Martin has worked as a folk singer in London and the South West over 50 years appearing on radio, TV and CD.

“Such a powerful sound”
These guys really commit to their songs”

Tickets: £10   
Box office 01392 277189/665885    www.wegottickets

Annas specialities are different singing traditions from Finland and Sweden, combining bright Scandinavian and dark East-European tones. She is passionate about the human voice and is known for her innovative ways to use voice as an versatile instrument.

Besides her solo concerts, Anna works with performing arts, education, composing and folk music research. She has 3 different music degrees and has studied both in Finland and Sweden as abroad.  More info here

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Scandinavian Folk Singing Workshop - Tuesday 14th May, Exeter

2-4pm Studio 1 - upstairs at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS

7-9pm - The Rougemont Room - upstairs at Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ

Recommended for age 14 and up (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

£15 (£5 for students and under 18s) Online Tickets HERE

Booking advised - email sarah@wrenmusic.co.uk to book a place
or call 01837 53754

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Anna Fält graduated as a folk singing teacher 2011 and works mostly with workshops and courses introducing Finnish tradition for non-Finnish people. All material is taught by ear and consist of simple little melodies with lots of possibilities for variation - everyone can join, no matter the background.

Baring-Gould Folk Song School 2019 - Monday 21st to Friday 25th October

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

PS: If you are interested in vocal workshops check out our latest event (shown above) with Anna Fält

Details of other events to follow ..... also watch the Calendar!