All Together Now showcased at ‘inspiring’ conference

All Together Now showcased at ‘inspiring’ conference

We recently attended the annual Devon Music Education Conference where we showcased our All Together Now project, and we’ve been delighted with the response from professionals in the sector. The event at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre was hosted by the Devon and...

Inspiring a new generation of singers and players in Bournemouth

Inspiring a new generation of singers and players in Bournemouth

Wow, what an amazing week! Four days, five schools, 760 children taking part in 19 separate concert and workshop sessions in our residency for SoundStorm Music Education Hub in Bournemouth. Jon, Hannah, and Paul visited two secondary schools and three primary schools,...

The Stories of Sidmouth – update

The Stories of Sidmouth – update

This week, we’ve started working with students at Sidmouth College to create new folk songs, based around the stories of Sidmouth we’ve collected in conversations with local people. The Stories of Sidmouth project is a collaboration with Sidmouth Folk Festival, to...

Stories of Sidmouth to be turned into new folk songs

Stories of Sidmouth to be turned into new folk songs

We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sidmouth Folk Festival on a special project to help celebrate this year’s 70th anniversary of the festival.  ‘Stories of Sidmouth’ is funded by Arts Council England and has been devised to strengthen the connection between the...

Her Story returns for International Women’s Day 2024

Her Story returns for International Women’s Day 2024

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, we are taking part in a special day of events at Exeter Phoenix on Saturday 9 March. Our project Her Story 2024 brings together a specially formed choir of women to rehearse and perform five songs from previous Her Story...

Residential brings men’s choir closer

Residential brings men’s choir closer

Okehampton Youth Hostel at Bracken Tor on the edge of Dartmoor was the perfect setting for our MenSing Residential in January 2024 – our first adult residential since the pandemic. From 9-11 January, the MenSing Choir took over one of the hostel’s buildings to enjoy...

Visiting international ‘Access Folk’ event

Visiting international ‘Access Folk’ event

We recently attended a networking event as part of a project to increase and diversify participation in folk singing in England. The event, hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Access Folk project, was a valuable knowledge exchange that brought together people from...

Your chance to shine a light at Okehampton Lanterns

Your chance to shine a light at Okehampton Lanterns

If you’d like to be part of the Okehampton Lanterns procession, then come along to our coffee morning on Saturday 27 January, when you can learn all about the event. The coffee morning, at Charter Hall in Market Street at 10am, will also have entertainment from...

From Devon to Latvia – a sharing of living traditions

From Devon to Latvia – a sharing of living traditions

We were honoured to be invited to Latvia this autumn to be part of a three-day folk festival celebrating the folk tradition. The festival, Dzīvā Mūzika, is hosted by the Skaņumāja folk organisation, who Wren Music have had an association with for many years. Over the...

The folk carols of West Devon

The folk carols of West Devon

They were once sung out in the streets and on the farms around the remote towns and villages of West Devon and now, the ‘West Devon Carols’ are being revived by Wren Music so that they can be heard again. The West Devon Carols are distinct to the district and became...

A triumphant Apple Day in Okehampton

A triumphant Apple Day in Okehampton

On Thursday 26 October Amy and Jon hosted an afternoon of free activities to celebrate Apple Day 2023. Despite the forecast of heavy rain, the event was well attended by families who were keen to get stuck in to the different songs, games and tasks. We began with the...