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 Concerts - 27th September





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.

Friday 27th September - The Appledore Book Festival 

For more info please contact: Becki Driscoll on becki@wrenmusic.co.uk 

Gothic Dartmoor 2019 - October 11th & 12th

The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor. The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by Squire and Parson Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings, including
The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves.

‘Gothic Dartmoor’ was first commissioned by The Dartmoor Society for the Dartmoor ResonanceFestivalSummer2018andfeatures –MarilynTucker: Singer and storyteller, Paul Wilson: Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jon Dyer Flautist, bassist and singer and Hannah Cumming: Fiddle player and singer, plus a specially formed Gothic Dartmoor Choir.

Performances are:

Tickets £12.00 available from Wren Music: 01837 53754 or here

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.

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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

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




Open Summer Singing Workshops

- with the East Devon Folk Choir, led by Sarah Owen


Folk songs & uplifting harmonies in a friendly group.  No experience necessary!


Wednesdays 7-9pm, attend just one or all four ..... £7.5/£6 per session


14th August

-  Meadow View Chapel, King Street, Honiton EX14 1AD

21st August 

-  United Reformed Church Hall, Jesu St, Ottery Saint Mary EX11 1EU.  

28th August 

-  Budleigh Hub, East Budleigh Road, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6HF

4th September

-  Stowford Community Centre, Chambers Close, Sidmouth EX10 9YL

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