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At the heart of English folk


Join the English Folk Dance and Song Society team at Cecil Sharp House and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

The English Folk Song and Dance Society (EFDSS) strives to attract and appoint top talent to support its development as England’s folk arts development organisation.

EFDSS’ employment opportunities are broad; we offer a diverse range of employment across the Society, as well as within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and at Cecil Sharp House. Find out more about EFDSS

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process to the highest industry standards. EFDSS welcomes application from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests.

All applicants must complete a standard EFDSS Application Form when applying for a vacancy rather than sending a CV. We don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.

Unless otherwise indicated, our posts are based at Cecil Sharp House, London.


Volunteer Indexer (Folk Song Subject Index)

Thanks to generous funding from the National Folk Music Fund and the Marc Fitch Fund, The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is about to embark on a new project to create a folk song subject index and thesaurus. The EFDSS is looking for volunteer indexers to assist in this exciting new project.

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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to support EFDSS and get closer to all things folk. If you are interested in volunteering for us please see below for volunteer opportunities. At Cecil Sharp House we are always on the lookout for more volunteer stewards to help support our concerts, dances and family activities. It’s a fun way to get involved and have a great experience in one of London’s greatest venues.

Our garden is maintained and planted by Permaculture and we welcome volunteers all year round to keep it looking beautiful.

Volunteers are a valuable part of our staff team. If you are enthusiastic about the folk arts, have good verbal communication skills and enjoy being in a creative environment where your contributions can really make a difference then please do get in touch to register your interest.

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National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!