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At the heart of English folk


Where suitable opportunities or partnerships are present themselves or are created we aim to take our support for artists’ creative development a step further and support the commissioning of new work.

We have a solid history of commissioning individual artists and also of working in partnership with other organisations, our recent large-scale commissions include:

The Cecil Sharp Project (with Shrewsbury Folk Festival) 2011
The Full English 2013
Folk Nations (with The British Council) 2013
The Elizabethan Session (with Folk by the Oak) 2014
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons (with WOMAD) 2014
Beyond the Marches / Dros y Ffin (with trac) 2015
Sweet Liberties (with Folk by the Oak and Houses of Parliament) 2015
Talent Development Partner Initiatives (with PRS for Music Foundation) 2016

In addition to our large-scale commissions we also work directly with artists on a range of smaller commissions around one-off themes.

In 2013 we invited Martin Simpson, Emily Portman and Jim Moray to work together as a trio to present a one-off show where they worked together to arrange and present a concert of the classic epic ballads.

In early 2015 we had two small scale commissions:

Paul Sartin, Emily Portman and James Fagan presented a one-off show on Valentine’s Day where they are looking at the ‘Love-Gone-Wrong’ ballads.

This was followed by Alasdair Roberts, Lisa Knapp, Kris Drever and Naomi Bedford who worked on a show of ‘Border Ballads’.

The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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