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At the heart of English folk
National Youth Folk Ensemble

Join the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Applications for 2017-18 will open soon! 

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is for talented young instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!

Ensemble members will:

  • participate in four weeks of intensive residential courses in different parts of England
  • receive high quality tuition and guidance from leading folk artists
  • develop skills in performance, arrangement and leadership 
  • give public performances


Membership is an annual commitment and the first cohort will take part from October 2016 - August 2017.


Application process

We will open recruitment for the 2017-18 cohort in early 2017. Please sign up for our EFDSS Education News to find out when recruitment opens.   

Sampler Days are the first stage of the audition process and will take place across England from 27 May - 4 June 2017.

Following the Sampler Days, selected musicians will be invited to attend a final audition in London on 8 or 9 July 2017. 

The Sampler Days are free to attend and will include creative workshops with Sam Sweeney (Artistic Director 2016-18), Miranda Rutter and Rob Harbron, short individual auditions, and a Q&A with Ensemble staff. 


If you have any questions please contact Sarah Jones, Programme Manager for the National Youth Folk Ensemble, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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