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,
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.
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.
The programme comprises, workshops, sessions, folk clubs, dances and concerts, all held at indoor venues within easy walking distance of each other.
This year we are very pleased to be able to welcome from Florence the trio Vincanto, a group of singers we met as part of our European project. They have a great store of traditional Tuscan and Italian folk songs and work in ways very similar to Wren with community projects. Other artists booked so far include John Kirkpatrick, Polly Bolton, Hannah Cummings and of course the full Wren team will be there to showcase highlights from this year’s busy Wren programme. There is an emphasis on Family Activities on Sunday, with NEW for this year a Scare Crow festival to add to the annual Conker Competition (Hannah Cummings is our current Champion!)
As well as the exciting programme of song and music, Ale&Cake will be around all weekend providing delicious snacks and light meals, and running our bars at both the Charter Hall and Church Hall, where everything is locally and ethically sourced and almost all home made.