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National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Over the October half term, the first residential course for the National Youth Folk Ensemble took place at Halsway Manor, residential folk arts centre in Crowcombe, Somerset, and it was a great success! Our 17 talented young folk musicians travelled to Halsway Manor from all over England and spent 5 days learning from and making music with Artistic Director Sam Sweeney and tutors Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter, Saul Rose, Becky Price and Ben Nicholls. The Ensemble members made music in small groups and as a full band, had one-to-one sessions on their instruments, wrote compositions, performed to each other, took part in a ceilidh and had a taster workshop in morris dancing. They began to create musical arrangements for their first public performances in 2017, which will be on Friday 17 February, The Met, Bury and Wednesday 12 April, Cecil Sharp House.
National Youth Folk Ensemble
It was great to watch the young musicians get to know each other musically and socially and we are looking forward to seeing how the Ensemble develops over the next year! 

Take a look at photographs by Camilla Greenwell on our Facebook page

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Folk Educators Group - November event

The next action-packed Folk Educators Group practitioner development day will take place 21 November, at DanceXchange, Birmingham, co-chaired by Jan Reynolds (Folk 3D) and Pam Bishop (The Traditional Arts Team). 

The theme for the day is Youth and beyond! folk activity in the Midlands – focusing on youth music ensembles and youth dance in the region, opportunities for adults and community learning in music and storytelling, and discussions on transitions and progression between these areas.
Folk Educators Group - practitioner development day
The one-day event will comprise a typical lively mixture of practical workshop sessions (Border morris with John Kirkpatrick), discussion groups, and panel discussion.

It will provide a great opportunity to learn, network with other organisations and fellow practitioners, and develop folk education practice.
Organisations and groups presenting at the day will include: Birmingham Youth Folk Band; Folk 3D; DanceXchange; EFDSS Dance Development programme and National Youth Folk Ensemble; Moseley Village Band; Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Stream of Sound; Traditional Arts Team; Wildfire Folk; Shropshire Youth Folk Ensemble; Young Storyteller of the Year.
Find out more and join the Folk Educators Group

Youth Ceilidh

Youth Ceilidh

The newly formed EFDSS Youth Forum will host our first ceilidh for 12 – 19 year olds on 27 November, 4 – 6pm at Cecil Sharp House.  Everyone is invited to dance their socks off to the infectious music from band Ceilidh Tree. Dancers will be led through the moves by expert caller Chris Faulkner.

‘Attention has now firmly turned to planning and promoting our Youth Ceilidh – and it is certain to be a fantastic first event. With plenty of young folk musicians emerging onto the scene, many fantastic regional groups and the recent launch of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, there are exciting times ahead for youth folk and the Youth Forum is looking forward to making sure this continues into the future.’ Finn Collinson, EFDSS Youth Forum member.

Find out more and buy tickets | More about the EFDSS Youth Forum

Resource of the Month

Resource Bank
Creative Folk Dance for Primary Schools

Winter is approaching, so let’s get dancing to warm up! Creative Folk Dance for Primary Schools, by Barry Goodman, offers simple dances everyone can enjoy, with notation and audio of suitable tunes.

Visit our award-winning Resource Bank to download this and many other resources

Coming up...

The folk song toolkit
The folk song toolkit: towards inclusive music making

Come and discover how inclusive and accessible folk music can be by attending this one-day training course on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at Cecil Sharp House, promoted by Sound Connections in partnership with EFDSS.
This course is for music leaders and school teachers, particularly those delivering in primary and SEN/D schools. It will provide a valuable repertoire of accessible and inclusive folk songs to use in multiple settings and incorporate the use of Makaton signing as an aid to support learning, understanding and enjoying folk songs for children with varying learning needs – including different levels of musical ability, EAL, SEN/D and more. Led by Cat Kelly, folk musician, educator and licensed Makaton tutor.
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National Youth Folk Ensemble: Camilla Greenwell
All other photos: Roswitha Chesher

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