Every year we run free Youth Folk Sampler Days across England in May/June half-term.
Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with highly skilled professional folk artists
• 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 12-18
• live in England
• be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument
Saturday 23 May: Chesterfield
Sunday 24 May: Gateshead
Monday 25 May: York
Tuesday 26 May: Milton Keynes
Thursday 28 May: Preston
Friday 29 May: Saffron Walden, Essex
Saturday 30 May: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Sunday 31 May: Ashford, Kent
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.
Sampler Days have previously taken place in Bristol, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Derby, Didcot, Durham, Exeter, Gateshead, Leeds, Liskeard, London, Manchester, Okehampton, Sheffield, Southampton and York.