National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Day 2019

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Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2019? Play an instrument confidently? Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2019–20 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

The Sampler Day features:

  • Music workshops with top folk musicians and highly experienced educators
  • Q&A with Ensemble staff
  • Optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

The Sampler Day is open to players of any instrument, and no previous experience of folk is required. All playing and learning will be done by ear.

To register for a Sampler Day you will need to:

  • Be aged 14–18 on 1 September 2019
  • Live in England
  • Be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument

National Youth Folk Ensemble 2019–20

The National Youth Folk Ensemble brings together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new versions of traditional music. It was established by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 2016.

We are looking for excellent instrumentalists to join the Ensemble in 2019–20.

To be considered, you need to be dedicated to your development as a folk musician, and excited about collaborating with others who share your passion. See for detailed criteria.

The Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble from October 2019 will be the inspirational musician and educator Sam Partridge, who will be
leading the Sampler Day team. Everyone in the Ensemble will experience:

  • Four weeks of intensive residential courses in different parts of England
  • Expert, dedicated tuition and guidance from leading folk musicians
  • Focused development of skills in performance, arrangement and leadership
  • High-profile performances at major festivals and venues around England

The residential courses will take place in the school holidays in October 2019 and February, Easter and summer 2020. Financial circumstances are no barrier to participation - full bursaries are available to support membership fees and travel costs.

Contact the EFDSS: | 020 7486 2206 ext. 235


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