The Exeter Folk Choir is the longest-running of the Wren choirs, established in 1989. We meet in central Exeter every Wednesday during term time.
The choir spans generations and has members with formal musical backgrounds singing alongside those who had never sung a note before setting foot into their first session. Together they learn and perform folk songs from three main sources; traditional English folk songs often from Devon, songs recently written and a few songs in other languages or from other cultures
The Exeter choir holds regular seasonal concerts in the city. Other local gigs have included busking on Exeter high street, singing seasonal songs in local pubs, staging a flashmob in an Exeter bookshop and taking the stage at Exeter Respect Festival. They have also made musical exchanges with other choirs including Scotland and Germany. In 2016, the choir was invited to take part in the national premiere of ‘Tiny Heroes’, a play about volunteering staged at the Bike Shed Theatre, with songs written by Boff Whalley of Chumbawumba.
Each session starts with a gentle warm up for the body, breath and voice. You’ll learn to control your breath, extend your vocal range and develop your singing technique. You’ll learn short songs as well as exciting harmonic arrangements which we develop week on week. You’ll learn songs by ear but lyric sheets and musical scores are available. We have a short break during the session where you can have a cup of tea and chat with fellow members. Choir members are invited to perform with the group at their earliest opportunity, but there is never any obligation to take part in public events.
Location: Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG
Time: Wednesdays, 7.00-9.00pm. See the current term dates.
Music Leader: Paul Wilson
When you join your group you’ll get online access to musical scores, lyrics and audio guides related to each in-person session.
Term fees are payable in advance online. Subsidised rates are available for full-time students and people in receipt of Universal Credit.
If it is difficult for you to pay by these methods please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can discuss alternative arrangements to help you be part of the group no matter what your circumstances. We also support people who are not online or may not have an email address, and will offer an alternative way to join the group and access materials.
If the half term is already well underway, contact us for a reduced price on the full half term fee. You’ll receive the online materials for any previous weeks of the half term.
The easiest way to join now is through the Wren Community page.
If you play an instrument you may also like our Folk Orchestra of East Devon which meets just outside Exeter.