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At the heart of English folk
National Youth Folk Ensemble

Join the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Applications are now closed for 2016-17

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

Applications for the 2016-17 cohort are now closed. We will open recruitment for the 2017-18 cohort in spring 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 in May and June.

In 2016 the Sampler Days included creative workshops with Sam Sweeney (Artistic Director 2016-17), Miranda Rutter and Rob Harbron, short individual auditions, and a Q&A with Ensemble staff. 

Following the Sampler Days, selected musicians were invited to attend a final audition at Cecil Sharp House. 


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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