Our next Folk Educators Group practitioner development day will be on Monday 26 June, 10am – 5pm, in Chelmsford and will be hosted by Essex Music Services, Lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub, and Co-chaired by Katie Howson of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust.
There will be a great line up of speakers, practical workshop sessions in East Anglian step dancing and singing, plus the chance to network with like-minded practitioners and organisations, share information, and create ideas for new projects.
Here's an outline of the day:
Katie Howson, will share her incredible 16 years of setting up and running the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, with a practical session on step dancing featuring champion step dancer Doreen West and Fiona Davies, of the famous Cromer step dancing Davies family. Katie is also co-chairing the day.
Charly Richardson and Peter Lovell of Essex Music Services, lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub, will talk about how the hub, and Essex music services within that hub, works, what they look for in artists working in schools and how they engage with folk music and folk educators.
Aimée Leonard and Dave Delarre will be leading a folk song workshop with EFDSS Education Manager Cassie Tait, based onthe Essex Folk Song Discovery project, which Essex Music Education Hub has commissioned to EFDSS to create and deliver over the past couple of years in schools in the county.
Otis Luxton will focus on his work with Aldeburgh Young Musicians (AYM) at Snape Maltings, engaging young classical musicians in folk music, including a collaborative project between AYM, The Young'uns and FolkEast.
EFDSS updates from Programme Manager Sarah Jones on the National Youth Folk Ensemble, following their first full performance and just beginning the second round of Sampler Days, and Education Director Rachel Elliott on the Dance Development work across the country.
Anyone interested in folk education is welcome to attend the day.