In 2016, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) was commissioned to deliver the Essex Folk Song Discovery Project by Essex Music Education Hub in seven schools in the Uttlesford region of north west Essex. The project was developed to support the vocal strategy for school children in Key Stages 2 and 3 across the region, by sourcing and re-introducing some traditional local folk songs.
Professional folk artists, Aimée Leonard and Nick Hart, sourced appropriate songs, collected in Essex in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and arranged them for young voices. They visited each participating school for two sessions, teaching a different song in each setting, three hundred and fifty students came together at Saffron Hall to share their songs for a fantastic final performance.
This pack contains the arrangements of eleven folk songs collected from Essex.