On Sunday 27 September, The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a free sampler session for 12-18 year old musicians interested in joining London Youth Folk Ensemble 2015-16.
The event is an informal open audition and an opportunity to find out more about the Ensemble. During the Sampler Session, participants will get a chance to meet the tutors and to get a feel for what being in the Ensemble is like – learning folk music by ear, playing in a big band and in smaller groups.
Everyone wishing to apply for LYFE 2015/16 (whether or not you have been a member in previous years) must sign up to the Sampler session.
Sign up for the free Sampler Session here.
Following the Sampler Session, if you have been successful, you will be offered a place in the Ensemble by Friday 2 October. Please be aware that becoming a member is an annual commitment for which there is a fee.
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“This ensemble is amazing and has helped so many young people find their own musical style and become happy in performing it! It’s the best group of its kind”
LYFE member 2014-15
Formed by EFDSS in October 2013, London Youth Folk Ensemble is a group of twenty five committed young musicians with a passion for playing and performing folk music! The Ensemble has had a fantastic first two years with performances at LSO St Luke’s, Music for Youth Regional Festival and Folk by the Oak, as well as events at Cecil Sharp House and the House of Commons. This July they hosted The Takeover, their first youth-led event, where they invited young folk bands from across London to join them for an afternoon of sessions, an open mic and ceilidh, culminating in an evening performance in Kennedy Hall!
London Youth Folk Ensemble provides a fantastic opportunity to learn, arrange and perform folk music from the British Isles and beyond, working with professional folk musicians. The Ensemble meets monthly at Cecil Sharp House, exploring a wide range of traditional folk repertoire, developing performance skills, learning about the history and culture of folk music, but most importantly playing and performing folk music together.