Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Every year we run free Youth Folk Sampler Days across England for 14-18 year old instrumentalists. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Saturday 25 May – Wolverhampton – BOOK NOW
Sunday 26 May – Cambridge – BOOK NOW
Monday 27 May – Southampton – BOOK NOW
Tuesday 28 May – Liskeard – BOOK NOW
Thursday 30 May – London – BOOK NOW
Friday 31 May – Derby – BOOK NOW
Saturday 1 June – Durham – BOOK NOW
Sunday 2 June – Leeds – BOOK NOW
Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Partridge, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble
To register for a Sampler Day you will need to:
• be aged 14-18 on 1 September 2019
• live in England
• be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument
Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. No experience of folk music necessary. All playing and learning will be done by ear.
I absolutely loved this experience and it was very empowering playing with others, playing traditional English tunes but making them our own
Sampler Day participant
If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend a Sampler Day to start the audition process. Find out more about auditioning here.
Sampler Days have previously taken place in Bristol, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Derby, Didcot, Exeter, Gateshead, Leeds, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Okehampton, and York.