The project will run for ten weeks each term. Each half term there will be a 'Showing Sharing Show' for families and friends. Activities include
playing instruments, learning tunes from England and around the world, making and creating new tunes, and swapping skills, along with performance opportunities.
Development of Young Music Leadership programme, allowing young people to make the transition between participant and leader.
Wolrd Roots Choir: young people from Devon, Torbay and Plymouth combining to make a large choir, working with singing tutors from a range of ethnic backgrounds.
Wren Music will be working for two years with vulnerable children and young people to use music to boost their self-confidence and to connect positively with their communities. As well as learning about playing, singing and composing they will lead workshops and stage concerts for other people.
Wren Music is an artist led, community folk arts organisation. We work with traditional music to inspire creativity and celebrate cultural identities. Our work with young people includes: -‘stay and play’ sessions in play groups; -music sessions in PRUs, youth clubs and after school; -junk music and street drumming workshops; -heritage projects in particular localities; -specialist SEN singing projects; -regular vocal and instrumental groups; -county wide roots-music groups for older teenagers We go out to people of all backgrounds and abilities, and work with them in places where they feel comfortable, and together we make things happen. Wren Music’s dual focus is excellence within the art form and social learning outcomes. Our music practitioners are all professional performers and creators of traditional music, and have the ability to share their skill and enthusiasm with other people through workshops and performances. We never hold auditions and there is no requirement to read music to join our projects. Our approach is about ‘musicking’ – all abilities learning and performing together; music and enjoyment. Through this approach the skills and technique of all participants are progressed. Wren works mainly in Devon, and delivers over 30,000 participant sessions annually, our programme is delivered by a widening pool of artists and we hold regular weekly groups in all but two of the district council areas in Devon, and in Torbay. Wren Music was established in 1983 and originally gained Registered Charity status in 1987 as the Wren Trust. Wren has achieved much in its first 28 years with recognition of its cutting edge work in a number of community, education and traditional music sectors. Wren Music’s vision is a world where every voice is heard.