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,

 

2018 Major Events

Her Story3  - starts 28th January

Her Story is a womens' choir created to celebrate International Womens' Day.  Wren began this project in 2016.  Choir leader is Sarah Owen and the choir is joined by Wren singers, Marilyn Tucker, Sarah Owen, Emily Howard and Amy Wilson.  The choir is open to all women singers whether or not they are part of a Wren Voices in Common Choir.

Main Choir singers are invited to come along on 28th January (2.30-5pm) and then same time on February 4th, 18th and 25th at Cygnet Theatre, Exeter.  

This year Her Story goes 'on tour' with concerts in Devon and over the border into Dorset.  Confirmed Concert dates are:

    Saturday 3rd March - Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton, 7.30pm    

    Thursday 8th March - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm

    Friday 9th March - Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm

    Saturday 10th March - Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 7.30pm

Rehearsals for the main Choir singers are:

    28th January (2.30 - 5pm) - and then the same time on (Sundays) February 4th, 18th and 25th at the Cygnet Theatre, Exeter. 

Please do feel free to invite friends along and spread the word about the project for International Womens' Day.

See Her Story videos and reports on Singing Her Story (Her Story1) and Her Story2 ...

 

Okehampton Lanterns - Friday 16th February

Local folk songs are central to this project and volunteers help us work with a number of groups in the town to teach the songs, and there is a big sing-song and cream tea on Friday, 16th February.  Images from the songs will then be shown which will inspire the imagery for some big and small lanterns alike ready for the procession on the Friday night.

Workshops to create the Lanterns are taking place from 9am - 3pm on the 12th and 13th (at Charter Hall) and 14th and 15th February (at Ebenezer Hall).

We are pleased to be partnering with Okehampton Community and Recreation Association (OCRA) for this project. 

 

See reports from this event for 2016 and 2017 and photos ....

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Rough Music Orchestras Day - Saturday 3rd March

The annual Orchestras Day for all the 'Rough Music' orchestras will be held in Exeter on the 3rd March from 10.30am - 4.30pm in Belmont Chapel, Exeter.

As well as large orchestra pieces there is also the opportunity to work on a range of topics and skills in small groups throughout the day.

Open to all members of Wren orchestras.

Baring-Gould Folk Festival - 26th-28th October

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

Baring-Gould Song School - October (dates TBC)

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!

 

 

 

MenSing - starts 4th February

After a very well received performance in December, the 'kick-off' for 2018 is on Sunday 4th February 10am - 5pm at Ebenezer Hall. 

All welcome!  See our MenSing page for more info .....