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,
Following the success of recent projects, we are inviting singers to form a special choir to join myself, Paul Wilson, Jon Dyer and Hannah Cumming for a major new concert to be held as part of the Dartmoor Resonance Festival in June this summer.
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 concert is scheduled for Saturday 23rd June in Okehampton, and we anticipate the choir to sing four songs.
There will be a launch event at Ebenezer Hall on Sunday 22nd April 3.00pm to 5.00pm. During which we will let you know more about the project, and which songs you’ll be singing. From this Paul Wilson will see which voices we have and will make vocal arrangements to suit.
There will then be three other rehearsals on Sunday: May 20th, and June 10th & 17th from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at Ebenezer Hall.
As with all Wren choirs, there will be no auditions, and to be part of the choir you will need to commit to: the performance, four rehearsals and learning all the words.