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At the heart of English folk

The Kennedy Hall refurbishment is underway but we still need your help...

Our primary space is now closed for major renovation work, but there's still time to donate!


We are excited to announce the start of major refurbishment work at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and  Song Society. Since 1930 Cecil Sharp House has been the UK’s leading folk arts centre. For the past year, we’ve been seeking your help restore our pride and joy, Kennedy Hall, to ensure it will be enjoyed long into the future.

Excuse the tatty curtains, the dusty mural, and the worn flooring, but we hope you will agree that the work is much needed!


Thank you from all at EFDSS


Throughgout 2015 we’ve been fundraising to restore the hall. Donations from our friends and supporters have raised over £40,000 and we’re so grateful to everyone who has pledged to support our campaign.

We’ve raised enough of our target to begin restoration work, so Kennedy Hall will be out of action between the end of January and the middle of April as refurbishment commences.

We will post updates and photographs of the restoration on social media, so keep your eyes peeled!



We still need help

We do still have a little way to go before we meet our full fundraising target, and that means it’s not too late for you to make a contribution to help us restore Kennedy Hall.

All donations received will go towards a full restoration programme, replacing the curtains and sprung floor, conserving the Ivon Hitchens mural, re-stuffing the cushions, restoring and cleaning the wood panelling, cleaning the fabric wall panels, and more.



How to donate

Online: Click here to give via Charity Choice.

Text: To donate £5 by mobile*, text STFC14 £5 to 70070.

*If you would like to donate a different amount, simply change that part of the text message. For example, for £3 text STFC14 £3, or for £10 STFC14 £10.

Call: +44(0)20 7485 2206 ext.238 to speak to a real person and pledge your support.

Post: Send a cheque made payable to EFDSS to:

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY



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Donate now

There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!