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National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble
On 17 February the National Youth Folk Ensemble gave their first public performance to a packed house at The Met in Bury, following an intensive residential course at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe. 

“[They] sounded marvellous in their full ensemble when the sweep and swell of strings from half the band really lifted and carried the tunes.” Fatea Magazine  

We’re excited about the Ensemble’s first full-length gig at Cecil Sharp House on 12 April.

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Applications are now open for the 2017-18 National Youth Folk Ensemble!

Find out more and book your free place on a Sampler Day near you


The Folk Song Toolkit: Towards Inclusive Music Making

Tickets are selling fast for this one-day training course exploring how inclusive and accessible folk music can be on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at Cecil Sharp House. This course is for music leaders and school teachers, particularly those delivering in primary and SEN/D schools. Promoted by Sound Connections in partnership with EFDSS.

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Inclusive Music Making

How to Teach Maypole Dancing

Maypole Dancing
As part of the new EFDSS Dance Development programme, this invaluable half day training course, on Friday 21 April at Cecil Sharp House will be led by Mike Ruff, experienced folk dance educator and co-author of The Maypole Manual, a copy of which will be given to all course participants.

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Spring Youth Ceilidh

Youth Ceilidh

Sunday 12 March, 6 - 8pm

Following the success of our first ever Youth Ceilidh, we are delighted to be hosting another one this weekend! The EFDSS Youth Forum will be welcoming 12-19 year olds to Cecil Sharp House on 12 March to enjoy energetic music and dancing with box and fiddle duo Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley

Read a review of last term’s Youth Ceilidh, by Youth Forum member Rowan Collinson.

Book tickets | Find out about the Youth Forum

Tall Ships Project

In the run-up to the Rendez-Vouz Tall Ships Regatta 2017, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has commissioned EFDSS to create a sea songs and shanties resource pack - see below. 

Talented folk singers, Aimée Leonard and Hazel Askew, have been busy visiting primary and secondary schools in Greenwich, as well as the Blackheath Halls Youth Choir, exploring songs from this pack in preparation for a mass performance at the Regatta on Thursday, 13 April.  
Find out more.

Resource of the Month

Resource Bank

Sea Songs and Shanties for Tall Ships signposts users to a wealth of adaptable and inspiring sea songs and shanties from across our Resource Bank. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Coming up...

May in a Day!

Saturday 6 May at Cecil Sharp House
The folk song toolkit
May in a Day! is filled with traditional entertainment for all the family! Join in with an abundance of folk fuelled fun with our lively programme of activities designed to keep you on your feet! Grab your partners and twirl in the ever popular English ceilidh or twist a ribbon on the colourful maypole to live music.
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From our friends

Folk Up North - Schools concert with Wigmore Hall Learning

Join the Donald Grant Quartet and presenter Lucy Drever for a concert exploring Scottish folk music. This concert will feature a specially commissioned film projected live onstage, created by Emmy-award winning cinematographer, Oliver Wilkins.
Designed to support, complement and extend the Key Stage 1 curriculum, bookers also receive a teachers’ resource pack ahead of the concert.

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Photo credits:
National Youth Folk Ensemble – Camilla Greenwell
All other - Roswitha Chesher

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