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At the heart of English folk


Many talented musicians applied for the second cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble and 18 players have been selected to form the 2017–18 Ensemble.  

The Ensemble meets for residential courses in different parts of England:

  • Halsway Manor, Somerset (22-27 October 2017)
  • Northumberland (13-18 February 2018)
  • Kent (5-10 April 2018)
  • Norfolk and Summer Tour (29 July - 6 August 2018)


Performances and workshops:


Sam Sweeney continues as Artistic Director. The tutor team includes Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter, Emma Reid, Becky Price, Andy Cutting, Sarah Hayes, Natalie Haas, Benji Kirkpatrick, Rachel Newton and Saul Rose.

Big Issue North

National Youth Folk Ensemble members talk about their love of the folk world as they get set to play Cambridge Folk Festival  


National Youth Folk Ensemble on Instagram

See highlights from the Ensemble's residential courses and performances