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At the heart of English folk
Maz O'Connor

BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship 2013/14

EFDSS and Maz O’Connor were awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship, spanning over 2013/14, for a 12-month period.

Working closely with Maz, EFDSS created a programme that saw her undertake a range of creative events; from industry conferences and mentoring sessions, to performance opportunities. She had access to resources, staff expertise, and rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House in London. Her Fellowship culminated in a final concert at Cecil Sharp House in January 2014.


Fellowship highlights

Creative activities

  • Individual mentoring sessions with key artists and industry figures
  • Collaborative work with artists chosen by Maz
  • A small acoustic concert in Trefusis Hall, at Cecil Sharp House in London
  • A large concert with guests in Kennedy Hall, at Cecil Sharp House in London


Industry events and showcasing

  • Folk Alliance Conference, Toronto (Canada)
  • English Folk Expo Conference, Bury (UK)
  • Association of Festival Organisers Conference, Eastwood (UK)
  • Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (UK)

Maz O'Connor and friends performing at Cecil Sharp HouseMaz O'Connor performing at Cecil Sharp House
Maz O'Connor and friends performing at Cecil Sharp House in January 2014

The end of Maz’s Fellowship was closely followed by the release of her second album This Willowed Light, which took shape throughout the programme.

We interviewed Maz, earlier this year, and asked if she had found the year-long Fellowship to be a rewarding experience. Here is what she had to say:

“There's way too much to list here! The Fellowship was a fantastic opportunity to work on new material, develop my performance skills and collaborate with brilliant musicians along the way… It's been an invaluable opportunity to take the time to work on my songwriting and work with all sorts of new people, as well as get involved in some of EFDSS' education projects.”
- Maz O' Connor

Read the whole interview here


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