Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, the festival is Wren Music's annual celebration. A weekend of music and song will be 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. See reports on this event in 2016 and 2017
Closely linked to the Festival is the annual Baring-Gould Song School. After the highly successful Song School in 2017, we look forward to yet another event in 2018, with a full complement of singers enjoying a range of workshops, song sessions, individual tuition and group singing. See reports on this event in 2016 and 2017
Details of other 2018 events to follow ..... also watch the Calendar!
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,
The Gothic Dartmoor concert draws on the songs from the Baring-Gould folk song collection, and songs inspired by his other writings, most notably his Book of Werewolves and Book of Dartmoor, to explore the more mythical side of folk song of Dartmoor.
The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor. The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by squire and parson, Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings including The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves.
This concert is part of the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival.
Tickets are £12 and are available from Eventbrite - bar and refreshments available.
Fairplace United Church, Okehampton, EX20 1DT
A day of music workshops exploring the tunes of Dartmoor Fiddler William Andrew
This year the Wren Fiddle Day has a focus on music from Dartmoor!To tie in with the Dartmoor Resonance
Festival, we will be exploring the music played by William Andrew, a 19th century fiddler from Sheepstor,
near Yelverton. William was visited by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in the late 1800s as part of his work
collecting the folk songs of Devon and Cornwall. He was a fiddle player rather than a singer; in fact he is reported
to have said that he “minded his viddle more than them zingers”! He was a literate musician, and kept his music notation in a net suspended from his living-room ceiling. This included Ancient Church Music and Playford tunes, as well as popular dance and song tunes. Baring-Gould noted down several tunes played by William Andrew and we will be focussing on some of these at the fiddle day.
The morning sessions will look at some of the hornpipes and how to make variations, plus exploring tunes in more unusual keys. The afternoon sessions will include a “Dartmoor Folk Orchestra”, with parts for all abilities as well as a general tune learning session, suitable for all instruments.
There will be an “improvers” fiddle group running alongside the main group in the morning. This will be suitable for less confident fiddle players but not for complete beginners. You can change group during the morning if you feel you are not working at the right level!
Morning workshops are for fiddle players only. Afternoon workshops are suitable for all acoustic instruments. Please let us know if you play a transposing instrument (eg Bb).
Rebecca Houghton from Viva Violins will have a stall at the fiddle day, selling violin and string-related accessories and she will hold a string surgery over the lunch-break to address string-playing issues and answer questions about your instruments.
For more information about the day please email Becki Driscoll: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01837 53754.
Prices and tickets:
All day: £30 / £20 under 18s | Morning or afternoon workshops: £15 / £10 under 18s
To book your place - Tickets here or call 01837 53754.
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!)
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
10.30am - 4.30pm at Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
A joint orchestras day open to the Wren Folk Orchestras, Mandolin and Fiddle Orchestras and Roots Acoustic. Musical styles may include Early Music, Film Music, South American Music and others.
Price for the day: £25 full and £15 concessionary Please pay in advance at your regular group or pay on the door
The day will be led by Wren Music leaders: David Faulkner, Becki Driscoll and Jon Dyer.