Wren music

Sarah Owen working with young vocalists

Wanted: singers and musicians for a new teenage ensemble in Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:33pm

Calling all young musicians and singers! A new professionally led ensemble is being launched in Devon this month, offering the chance to get expert tuition, write new songs, perform live - and, in the New Year, to record an album.

County Roots Ensemble is for singers and instrumentalists aged 12-18 to play and perform folk-roots and music from different cultures all over the world. Rehearsals will take place at the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter on the third Sunday of every month, starting on 15 September.

The sessions are run by Devon-based music and education charity, Wren...

Wanted: 50 women to join the choir in a new show to celebrate International Women’s Day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:21am

Women … do you have a passion for song? And would you like to take part in a stage show? Then here’s your chance to join the choir in a brand new Wren Music show that’s touring Devon in March – and no previous experience is necessary.

Rehearsals for ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ take place at the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter over four Sunday afternoons from 28 January to 25 February, with the tour taking to the road in Devon and Dorset in early March.

All women are welcome and there are no auditions for the choir – simply contact Wren to book a place in the open rehearsals.


Make Music, Make a Change!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:06am

Disability charities and clubs from across the county meet for a special music day in Exeter to celebrate an amazing project and to meet up and make new friends.

A special one-day event is coming to Exeter this December, as participants and organisations involved in the groundbreaking “Make Music, Make a Change” project come together to share what they’ve learned and make some new music!

The project, run by Devon-based charity Wren Music and funded by Arts Council England has been running throughout the Summer and Autumn and has seen musicians from Wren work across the...

Double Bill

Event Date: 
16/09/2016 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

The opening concert in this third season of Double Bill, a collaboration between Wren Music and Cygnet Theatr e, is a sparkling evening of tunes from the incomparable Jon and Alfie, with support from one of Wren’s community folk choirs: Voices in Common: East Devon. Led by Sarah Owen.

Wren Music founders to receive national award

The founders of a charity that has encouraged literally hundreds of thousands of people to sing and play music are to receive English Folk Music’s highest accolade at a star-studded event in Exeter in July.

Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson set up Wren Music in Okehampton, West Devon, 33 years ago, since when it has reached out to pretty much every city, town and village in the county. In fact, Wren has spread its wings further afield to touch communities in the wider South West – but Devon is and always has been its heartland and it’s where, on a participant session basis, it reaches...

Double Bill: Gavin Davenport and Tom Kitching with Solarference

Event Date: 
12/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter

A series of concerts hosted by acts who make up the Wren Music team and featuring some of the finest folk artists in the UK.

The next one ion the series promises a real treat for folk fans: On Friday June 12th 7.30pm Gavin Davenport and Tom Kitching are joined by Solarference, making a welcome return to the Cygnet.

Gavin and Tom are at the forefront of the new wave of English traditional folk music. Individually . Together, they specialise in delivering gutsy trad folk music with eclectic influences from English traditional to the weirder realms of rock their set bristles...

Double Bill: Tom McConville with David Faulkner and Steve Turner

Event Date: 
21/03/2015 - 7:30pm
Cygnet Theatre Friars Gate Exeter

Two local birds have put their heads together and come up with ‘Double Bill’ a collaboration between Cygnet Theatre and Wren Music and follows on from last year’s successful ‘Wren presents . . ‘ at the Cygnet. Saturday 21st March sees fiddle legend Tom McConville in concert supported by Wren musician David Faulkner with this long time playing partner Steve Turner. Tom McConville is a welcome return visitor to the Cygnet, he is one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and...

Wren Music launches autumn groups

Devon-based music charity Wren Music has welcomed a national survey which shows that more young people than ever before are learning to play an instrument, but says more can be done to keep them involved in music into adulthood.

Projects like Wren’s ‘Rough Music’ orchestras, ‘Voices in Common’ choirs and Roots Music School - its community orchestras and choirs across Devon - are aiming to do just that.

Wren’s orchestras and choirs are for anyone to join irrespective of ability, with the aim of encouraging a life-long involvement in music.

Most of the groups meet...

Cygnet Theatre's recipe for summer

If music be the food of love… These famous lines from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night give a flavour of Cygnet’s Summer season.

The theatre has much on the menu to tempt you:

Wren Music are bringing five much loved West Country folk musicians James Findlay and Solaference to Cygnet Theatre on 23 May and Jonny Dyer and Vicki Swan with Marilyn Ticker and Paul Wilson on 13 June.

The main course on offer is Shakespeare’s Classic comedy of wit and folly – Twelfth Night, served with renaissance style by director Jacquie Crago, which previews on 11 June and plays at Trebah...

Musical charity works with troubled youngsters

Traditional music is at the heart of a ground-breaking project which is teaching vital life skills to vulnerable young people and helping to increase their self-confidence and esteem.

Devon-based music charity Wren Music has been working with some of the region’s most troubled youngsters in the Music 4 Life programme.

The two-year project has had a major positive impact, according to teachers at the specialist schools and inclusion services that have taken part in north, east and central Devon. The programme runs in a series of five, weekly sessions with one course per term...