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At the heart of English folk
National Youth Folk Ensemble

Consultation and Mapping

Partnership working and consultation have been very important to the development of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. We have consulted with the folk and music education sectors, including dialogues with professional folk artists, specialist folk organisations, music education hubs, schools, higher education providers, arts organisations and major venues. This scoping and research process has provided us with strong foundations for the programme and resulted in the two reports below.  


Mapping Survey 2015

To help with planning for the National Youth Folk Ensemble and associated engagement programme, in early 2015 we carried out a mapping survey with Sound Connections to audit youth folk music provision across England.

The full report, Youth Folk Music Activity in England: Findings from a national mapping survey, February – March 2015, summarises the findings from the survey.

Everyone involved in running youth folk music activities outside of the school curriculum, including those who have run activities in the past or plan to do so in the future, were invited to respond. The findings from the survey give us a greater understanding of youth folk music activities across England and indicate potential partner organisations and complementary activities to support the development of the National Youth Folk Ensemble and engagement programme.

Click on the map below to see current youth folk music activity in England. Whilst the survey was shared as widely as possible, this is an overview of the survey respondents and we are aware that there are activities not captured in the findings.

We are keen for this map to keep growing and we want to hear from you! If you run a youth folk music activity in England and would like to add to our data, please fill in this questionnaire or contact Sarah Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Consultation 2014

In early 2014, we worked with Sound Connections to consult with the folk music and music education sectors on the desirability and feasibility of creating a national youth folk music ensemble. The consultation also aimed to seek views from young people currently involved in folk music.

The consultation resulted in a report, Towards a National Youth Folk Music Ensemble, which was instrumental in helping to shape initial planning.



Consultation Report, March 2014                                      Mapping Survey, May 2015

 Download the consultation report (pdf)       Download the mapping survey report (pdf) 



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