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At the heart of English folk
National Youth Folk Ensemble

Professional Development Day

Running a Youth Folk Ensemble

An inspiring day led by the National Youth Folk Ensemble artistic team to share approaches to running youth folk ensembles, reflect on folk music learning methods, and celebrate good practice in youth folk music.

National Youth Folk Ensemble Artistic Director Sam Sweeney with core tutors Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter lead practical instrumental sessions exploring tools for teaching and developing folk specific techniques and style. Discussion groups and presentations from organisations running successful youth folk activities showcase different ways of working with young folk musicians. 

Events have previously been held in Leeds (January 2018), Exeter (January 2019) and London (July 2019), showcasing the work of Wren Music, Halsway Manor, Folkworks, Tri-borough Music Hub and ArtForms Leeds. 

This professional development day is aimed at musicians who are leading youth folk groups with young people (secondary school age) in formal or informal education settings; and music hub staff, peripatetic instrumental teachers and music teachers who are interested in starting a youth folk group or developing their knowledge of folk style and techniques.

The day will include practical music-making sessions - bring your instrument.


Next event: to be announced


Presented by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (National Youth Folk Ensemble).

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme funded by Arts Council England.