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,

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




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


Baring-Gould Song School - Tim van Eyken will be the guest tutor!

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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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