The first cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble is made up of 17 talented young folk musicians who play fiddle, flute, accordion, melodeon, cello, viola, guitar, harp and Uilleann pipes. Between October 2016 and August 2017, they will take part in four intensive residential courses, led by Artistic Director Sam Sweeney, and give a number of public performances.
The first residential course for the National Youth Folk Ensemble took place at Halsway Manor in October 2016 and it was a great success! Watch this film to find out more.
The young musicians travelled to Somerset from all over England and spent 5 days learning from and making music with tutors Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter, Saul Rose, Becky Price and Ben Nicholls.
The Ensemble members created music in small groups and as a full band, had one-to-one sessions on their instruments, wrote compositions, discovered repertoire in English tune books, performed to each other, danced in a ceilidh and had a taster session in morris dancing! They got to know each other musically and socially and began to create musical arrangements for their first public performances in 2017.
The National Youth Folk Ensemble will give various performances in 2017: