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English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
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Education News
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a relaxing festive break. We’re looking forward to another exciting year in the EFDSS Education department. Read on to find out more about our latest news.

National Youth Folk Ensemble – film and first performances

National Youth Folk Ensemble
The young musicians of the National Youth Folk Ensemble met for the first time in October. Take a look at this taster film by Roswitha Chesher to find out more about their week at Halsway Manor and hear a preview of their music
We are excited about seeing the National Youth Folk Ensemble’s first performances in 2017! Tickets for The Met and Cecil Sharp House concerts are now on sale at the links below. Join us for two fantastic nights of music created and performed by these rising stars.
Friday 17 February at The Met, Bury – supporting Leveret

Wednesday 12 April at Cecil Sharp House

February half term holiday courses for children and young people

Youth courses
Four different fun holiday courses for young people aged 6 – 19 years, including our course for young disabled people up to the age of 24, will again be taking place in half term.

Find out and enrol

Spring term classes and courses for adults

Saturday Folk Music Workshops
Our classes and courses for adults at Cecil Sharp House have kicked off our 2017 programme.

Saturday Folk Music Workshops – enrolments open for our popular fortnightly classes in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, song and mixed instruments which start on 21 January.
Find out more enrol

Monday Folk Choir Workshops – places still available to explore harmony arrangements of folk songs in a relaxed environment.
Find out more enrol

Find out about our other regular music and dance classes

Seeking young musicians for The Takeover 2017

The Takeover
The EFDSS Youth Forum is searching for great folk bands, ensembles and solo artists to join with London Youth Folk Ensemble and play at The Takeover, our flagship youth-led event celebrating the best young folk talent on Sunday 9 July 2017 at Cecil Sharp House. If you're involved in a band of musicians aged 12-19 playing folk music and would like to apply to take part, we want to hear from you by 17 February!

Selected musicians will have the opportunity to perform at Cecil Sharp House and participate in a range of activities including a ceilidh and session.
Find out more and apply

Resource of the month:
Ceilidh Band Project

Resource Bank
Written by Sheena Masson of Camden Music Service, this new resource contains five ceilidh tunes arranged for First Access Instrumental players, (including violin, ‘cello, recorder, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, trombone) - providing staff notation, audio files and instructions for accompanying dances.
Although created for primary school aged children, the musical arrangements and dance instructions in the resource are suitable for beginner level musicians and dancers of any age, are great fun and provide plenty of opportunity for extension.
Visit our award-winning Resource Bank to download this and many other resources.

Coming up...

The folk song toolkit: towards inclusive music making

The folk song toolkit
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. 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.
Find out more and book

From our friends

Inspire Event - Music Excellence London

Music Excellence London
This free one-day conference for music educators run by Music Excellence London in partnership with EFDSS, is taking place on Thursday 23 February 2017 at Cecil Sharp House. It will address the topic of inclusion and engagement in Key Stage 3 Music classrooms and will include an inclusive ceilidh band workshop led by the EFDSS Education team.

Find out more and book
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Photo credits
National Youth Folk Ensemble: Camilla Greenwell
The Takeover by Rachel Elliott
All other photos: Roswitha Chesher

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