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New resources from The Full English Extra

Invicta Primary School

A host of new folk arts resources have been uploaded to the EFDSS Resource Bank following The Full English Extra learning programme. Shedding light on rural, maritime and mining heritage, the resources share materials from some of the creative learning projects delivered in partnership with museums, schools and music education hubs over the past academic year. They contain freely downloadable teachers’ notes, sheet music, activities and audio.

As well as the new learning resources, a case study booklet and 4 short documentary films have been created, presenting the work delivered as part of the project.

The Full English Extra learning programme was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership with three national museums: the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading and the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield.

Find out more

London Youth Folk Ensemble: Sampler Session

London Youth Folk Ensemble
The London Youth Folk Ensemble had a fantastic end to their year in July with The Takeover, our youth-led event at Cecil Sharp House, and a glorious performance on the Acorn Stage at the Folk by the Oak Festival in Hatfield.

Recruitment is now open for the new London Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-17 with a Sampler Session on Sunday 18 September at Cecil Sharp House.

This free event for 12-19 year old musicians is an informal open audition and an opportunity to find out more about the Ensemble. During the Sampler Session, participants will meet the tutors and get a feel for what being in the Ensemble is like – learning folk music by ear, playing in a big band and in smaller groups.

Sign up for the free Sampler Session 

EFDSS Youth Forum

EFDSS Youth Forum

We are excited to announce the new EFDSS Youth Forum for 14-21 year olds (disabled young people up to 24 years old) who are passionate about the folk arts. The Youth Forum will meet around 6 times per year at Cecil Sharp House and at additional special events.

Members will have the opportunity to take an active role in the life of EFDSS and gain experience in producing and marketing youth events, meet folk artists, and attend gigs.

Membership of the Youth Forum is free but places are limited.

Find out more and apply

Keeping Folk Dancers On Their Feet – new one-day training course

Keeping Folk Dancers On Their Feet

On Sunday 2 October we will be running Keeping Folk Dancers On Their Feet – a training day for morris, sword, step / clog and other folk dancers with information on how to dance longer and dance better. The day will focus on applying the principles of safe and effective practice to English folk dance, with consideration for the dancer and for the teacher, and will be led by Edel Quin, MFA and MSc in Dance Science and Programme Leader MSc Science at Trinity Laban.

Find out more and enrol

An Introduction to Folk Song in England – one-day course

Folk Song in England

This term we are welcoming back internationally published folklorist Steve Roud and Vaughan Williams Library and Archive Director Laura Smyth for An Introduction to Folk Song in England. The popular introductory level day will explore the history of English folk song and will take place on Sunday 16 October at Cecil Sharp House.

Topics will include: the many possible definitions of ‘folk’, the songs themselves, the singers, places and times for singing, sources from which people learned songs, folksong collectors, scholars and the beginnings of the post-War revival.

Find out more and enrol

Saturday Folk Music Workshops

Saturday Folk Music Workshops

We are looking forward to the autumn term Saturday Folk Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House. Whether you want to learn to play from scratch, or improve your technique and musical confidence, come and enjoy high quality teaching from professional folk musicians at Cecil Sharp House. The workshops are available to everyone over the age of 16 and cater to a range of abilities, from beginners to seasoned musicians – no experience of folk music is necessary!

Classes are available in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, song and for mixed instruments.

Find out more and sign up here.

Resources of the month

Resource Bank

A host of new resources have been added to the Resource Bank from The Full English Extra learning project. Explore them all below!

Introduction to playing folk music: working with intermediate and advanced players new to folk music

Threshing Machine: a musical interpretation of a heritage resource 

Songs of Rural Life: accessibility and adaptability in SEN settings

A Sailor’s Life KS1

A Sailor’s Life KS2

In our own words: exploring coal mining through folk song

Collier Lads – choral arrangement

Rapper Set for KS2 Instruments – Yorkshire tune

Rapper Set for KS2 Instruments – a dance for 1811

Rapper Set for Brass Band – Oatlands House

Rapper Set for Brass Band - Tekely

Swords and Stars: Rapper Dance for Primary Schools

Summer Courses

Summer Courses

We had a great summer at Cecil Sharp House welcoming children and young people from across the South East and further afield. In July children attending Fun With Folk learnt an array of folk songs and stories as well as trying out melodeons and morris dancing. Those taking part in Get Your Folk On! Juniors created some fantastic arrangements of folk tunes and performed a longsword dance to family and friends.

In August, students at Get Your Folk On! learnt and arranged folk tunes from England and beyond as well as composing their own. Get Your Folk On! Plus, our course for disabled young people, siblings and friends, explored songs, music and dance in an inclusive and multi-sensory environment.

Enrolments are now open for our October half term courses. Find out more and enrol.

From our friends

The Teaching Musician is a flexible and vocational programme for experienced music educators working in any setting. It offers a high quality professional development opportunity leading to a suite of postgraduate qualifications, including new Masters, whilst being designed to fit into working life. Applications are now open via UCAS Conservatoires.
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Photo credits
Youth forum by Rachel Elliott
All other photos by Roswitha Chesher

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