Wren Music

Summer music week for young musicians in Devon

Wren Music

Folk and community arts charity Wren Music is to present a Summer Music Club in Okehampton for young musicians from Monday 13 to Friday 17 August 2012.

The sessions have been designed to appeal to young people from 8 to 18 years old. The morning and afternoon sessions will cater for all levels of ability (including those with no previous experience of singing or playing) and all instruments are welcome. There will be no auditions, no sight-reading of music.

For those who do not have their own instruments, or for people who would like to try out others, Wren Music will have its extensive stock of instruments and percussion on hand. The wide choice ranges from the familiar electric and acoustic guitars, electric basses, etc; through traditional instruments including fiddles, melodeons, accordions and mandolins; to lesser-known instruments such as the autoharp, dulcimer, and bodhran (Irish hand drum). One previous participant neatly summed up what is on offer: “It’s just like a music shop where you can pick up anything you like, and have a go.”

Alongside learning new music, writing songs and tunes, the sessions will provide an opportunity to explore working creatively with others, and offer chances to make new friends. The Summer Music Club will be rounded off with an informal performance for parents and friends on the Friday afternoon, where all participants will be encouraged to join in and take their first steps towards playing in public.

The Summer Music Club will be led by the Wren Music team of award-winning professional musicians, singers, songwriters, and music educators, all of whom have many years experience performing, and leading workshops across Devon and farther afield. This year the Summer Music Club has been accredited as a Learning Destination of the Children’s University, enabling attenders to work towards their graduation targets.

The sessions will be held in the Fairplace Church Hall, Fairplace Terrace, Okehampton, from 10am – 3.30pm each day. Packed lunches should be brought along; soft drinks will be provided.

The fee for the whole week is only £100, with a concessionary rate of £30 for children whose parents are full-time students or receiving income-related benefits. All week fees for further children from the same family are only £75 full, or £15 concessions.

Attendance all week is preferred, but daily attendance from Monday to Thursday is also possible. Friday must be booked with at least one other day. Per day fees are £25, with a concessionary rate of £10. Daily fees for further children from the same family are £20 full, or £5 concessions.

Places at the Okehampton Summer Music Club are limited, so booking in advance is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Wren Music, 1 St James Street, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1DW, tel: 01837 53754, or email info@wrenmusic.co.uk