Start your application for our 2018–19 Ensemble by attending a Sampler Day
We are looking for excellent instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!
Everyone in the Ensemble will experience:
Membership is a one-year commitment from October to August. The residential courses take place in the school holidays: October, February, Easter and summer.
Our Sampler Days in May/June 2018 are the first stage of the audition process and they are free to attend. They are a chance to take part in creative group workshops with inspiring tutors, learn about English folk music, and play with young musicians from your region!
Following the Sampler Days, selected musicians will be invited to attend a final audition and interview in London on 23 or 24 June 2018.
Young musicians who meet the criteria but don’t wish to audition for the Ensemble are welcome to take part in the Sampler Days to find out about the project.
The National Youth Folk Ensemble is open to players of any instrument, but we are not looking for singers.
To apply for a place in the Ensemble you will need to:
The first stage is to attend a Sampler Day, where you will take part in group workshops and have a short individual audition. For your individual audition be prepared to introduce and play a solo piece for 2.5 minutes that best demonstrates your instrumental skills. The piece must be played by ear and be traditional or in a traditional style.
Following the Sampler Days, selected musicians will be invited to attend a final audition, interview, and group workshop in London on 23 or 24 June 2018.
Current Ensemble members who wish to re-apply will also attend a final audition.
We will invite players to join the Ensemble by 17 August 2018.
In the Sampler Days, final auditions and interview, we look at instrumental technique, musicality, ensemble skills, and attitude.
We are looking for musicians who demonstrate:
We also take into account a balance of instruments, gender and geographic spread.
There are no audition fees and we can help with travel costs to and from the audition venue.
Membership of the National Youth Folk Ensemble costs £400 for the year.
We want everyone who is offered a place in the Ensemble to be able to take it up and we are able to offer financial support if the fee or travel costs are unaffordable.