ANEW term of fun singing and song-writing has began at Wren Music's Roots Music School and more children are being invited to join in.
Wren Music is Devon's leading community music education charity and it is running two groups in Exeter, offering young people aged eight to 16 the chance to learn from professional singing leaders.
Based at St Sidwell's Centre, Exeter Singing Roots meets every Thursday from 5pm to 6.30pm. Children learn a rich range of songs and harmonies from all over the world, as well as discovering how to write their own.
Teenagers aged from 13 to 18 who love to sing can join Roots A Capella, a county-wide vocal ensemble which meets on the third Sunday of the month.
Also rehearsing at St Sidwell's Centre, Roots A Capella meet from noon to 5pm, and are fast gaining a great reputation for their top-quality performances at festivals around the region.
Choir leader and professional singer Sarah Owen said: "Both groups offer the opportunity for young singers to become leaders themselves, as well as regularly performing and showcasing what they can do.
"They gain confidence and leadership skills as they go and become adept singers and song writers on the way."
To join a Wren Group there are no auditions and no requirement to read music because the charity firmly believes that absolutely everybody can sing and play.
It provides a welcoming atmosphere in which new members can feel safe to try out their voices and express themselves.
Sarah added: "We welcome any child or young person who wants to sing, and it's such a friendly atmosphere that new singers, even those who seem shy at first, quickly feel at home.
"The young people are frequently blown away by the amazing sound they make. Several parents have remarked to me how much their children have grown in self esteem since attending the group."
Based in Devon, Wren Music works with more than 30,00 people a year enabling as many people as possible to make music with voice and instruments, through traditional and folk music
The cost for Exeter Singing Roots is £45 for a 10-week term or £5 per session, and the cost for Roots A Capella is £10 per session.
Anyone interested in joining Exeter Singing Roots or Roots A Capella should contact Sarah on 01837 53754 or email email@example.com