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Special Events ...

 

 

2017 Project – Devon Remembers

Devon Remembers 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.

Please contact us if you’d like to get involved in the Devon Remembers project.

2016 – A Random Melody

This was a Wren Music touring concert that sparkled with local interest took to the road in summer 2016. It featured new arrangements from the great Devon folk song collections inspired by photographs from the James Ravilious Collection – to see something of the production - click on the video to the right ....


Singing Her Story 2016

Singing Her Story was a special concert developed by Wren to celebrate the unsung heroines of women’s history, and was a commemoration of International Women’s’ Day.

Sarah, Marilyn and Amy from Wren were joined by a specially recruited women’s chorus in a concert that was first performed at the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter then featured at Sidmouth Folk Festival before a final concert at the Baring-Gould Festival.

To see something of the production - click on the video to the right .... 

 

Baring-Gould Festival and Song School 2016

Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, the festival is Wren Music’s annual celebration.  A successful weekend of music and song was held, with concerts, workshops, the festival feast, music sessions, singing sessions, a folk orchestra, festival choir, youth events, morris dancing and ceilidhs.

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.

The Festival was followed by the Baring-Gould Song School

 

 

 

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,

 

 

2017 Major Events

 

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.

Okehampton Lanterns – 17th February 2017

The Okehampton lanterns Procession is a celebration of both the local landscape and early spring.

Local folk songs are central to this project and we will want volunteers to help us work with a number of groups in the town to teach the songs, and we will have big sing-song and cream tea on Friday 3rd February. Then the images from the songs will inspire the imagery for some big and small lanterns alike ready for the procession on Friday 17th February.

Please see the Calendar for the dates of the Lantern Workshops

Her Story 2 

We will be running open workshops for women singers starting in January ready for a concert on 17th March at The Cygnet Theatre. The rehearsal dates are: Sun 29th Jan, Sun 12th Feb, Sun 26th Feb, Sun 5th March & Sun 12th March. These rehearsals are open to women singers whether or not they are part of a Wren Voices in Common Choir. We expect singers to make at least three of the four rehearsals.

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Shore to Shore Revisited – April 2017

‘Shore To Shore Revisited’ is a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Together they will be exploring songs they have shared for over thirty years – songs that demonstrate the cultural and musical links between the county of Devon and the former Dominion of Newfoundland. Many people in Newfoundland, who took the Devon songs with them, can trace their ancestry to Devon. In this series, the three performers compare and contrast various versions from both sides of the Atlantic.

 

You can find out more, including the dates of the lectures and concerts by clicking on the 'Devon Newfoundland Story' icon .....

 

And if you’d like to know more about the entire event, you can download the full brochure here

Your Voice: Your Song

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 27th Feb / 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!


25th February: Finding & building repertoire
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

Baring-Gould Song School 2017 

The festival is followed 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.

2016 Major Events

 

Here are some of the major programmes and events that Wren Music ran in 2016

Baring-Gould Festival 2017        

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!

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