2017 Project – 'Blackberries and Bandages' - The Home Front in WW1
This project will look back 100 years to Devon during the First World War. Rather than focus on the events in mainland Europe, it will reflect on life in Devon during the war years.
Song-writing workshops and sessions will start in January. The idea is that each Rough Music Orchestra and each Voices in Common Choir will learn one item each and we will be recruiting a core team of singers and players over next term. Then we will have three separate concerts, featuring the core team and the choirs/orchestras from the area. We are aiming for concerts in Paignton, Honiton and Barnstaple.
There will be opportunities for both singers and instrumentalists as part of the ‘core team’, and the three concerts will feature local choirs and orchestras in support. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved in the 'Blackberries and Bandages' project - more info here
Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays and Sundays here at Ebenezer Hall.
Sunday rehearsals: May: 7th, & 21st; June 11th & 18th
Thursday rehearsals: May: 18th & 25th, June 1st.
Saturday 24th June: North Devon: Venue tbc, & featuring FOND, Voices North and West Devon
Saturday 1st July: Torbay: venue: Palace Theatre Paignton (to be finalised). & featuring, FOOT, Torbay and Exeter Voices.
Saturday 8th July: East Devon: Venue: The Beehive & featuring Rough Music East Devon and Voices East Devon.
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,
Here is what we have planned for 2017 – click on the links for more information, which will be updated as we confirm more of the details.
This is an initiative from the vocal experts at Wren Music designed to help you find new ways of producing great tone, singing safely, choosing good repertoire and performing with style. It was a great success when we ran it in 2016, so we are continuing with the workshops in 2017 - Saturday 13th May / Saturday 22nd July
Led by the team Sarah Owen, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson these events are for you as an individual singer. This year each day will have a separate focus as well as core content relating to performing skills and vocal health. Each day will be rounded off by a Friendly Circle with afternoon tea!
13th May: Making the song your own
22nd July: Harmonies and accompaniment
Each day costs £40, or book all three for £100 – contact the office to make a booking
The festival is preceded by a week-long Folk Song School, where there is an extensive range of classes from developing techniques such as pitching, ornamentation and harmonies, to developing repertoire and performance skills.
Run by Wren’s professional singing tutors, the Song School is also supported by famous names from the folk song scene; our recent visiting tutors have included Sandra Kerr, Sam Lee and Martin Graebe. This year we are pleased to welcome John Kirkpatrick as our Guest Tutor.
Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, the Festival is Wren Music’s annual celebration. A weekend of music and song is what you will get, with concerts, workshops, the festival feast, music sessions, singing sessions, a folk orchestra, festival choir, youth events, morris dancing and ceilidhs. Most venues are halls and churches around the town, with a few local pubs being used for sessions.
The Festival is inspired by the folk song collecting of Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), one of the Victorian era's great social historical researchers, who undertook the first serious and sustained attempt to collect the traditional songs of the English peasantry and workers, predominantly in west Devon.
Watch this space for more details!