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London Youth Folk Ensemble

Introducing new London Youth Folk Ensemble tutors 2017/18

We are delighted to announce Emily Askew as Leader of the London Youth Folk Ensemble 2017/18, joined by Ruairi Glasheen. 

As a tutor team, Emily and Ruairi share a strong passion for working with and enabling young folk musicians and a wealth of skills and experience to pass on.  We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Entering its fifth year, LYFE is evolving to give extra support to our players and to offer more opportunities for developing skills and playing together at Cecil Sharp House.  We will hold an increase of sixteen rehearsal sessions across the academic year on Sundays, 2–5pm, and perform at several public events and concerts.  During the year, LYFE will:

  • learn big band arrangements of folk tunes as a whole group
  • work in small groups to learn and arrange tunes independently
  • develop folk-specific skills and technique on their instruments
  • collaborate with other youth music ensembles in London
  • perform at various venues in and around London, including Folk by the Oak Festival in Hatfield in July. 
  • take part in The Takeover youth led event at Cecil Sharp House


Everyone wishing to apply for LYFE 2017/18 (whether or not you have been a member in previous years) must sign up to the LYFE Sampler Session on Sunday 17 September 2017, 2–5pm at Cecil Sharp House

The Sampler Session is an informal audition process and LYFE rehearsal, giving musicians the chance to get to know how the Ensemble is run, and whether they think it is for them.

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Emily Askew

Emily AskewEmily is a versatile musician playing fiddle, recorders, vielle, bagpipes, shawm and piano. She performs with Askew Sisters, the Emily Askew Band and Alma as well as running the A3 Ceilidh Band and Ceilidh Factor. A passionate teacher, Emily has vast experience teaching music in schools and Trinity College of Music, as well as Folk Music courses for Dartington Summer School, Folkworks, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Globe Theatre Education, Shooting Roots and the Centre for Young Musicians. Emily studied Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has worked with the Artisans and The Dufay Collective, and plays for theatre which has included productions for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Glyndebourne.

Ruairi Glasheen

Ruairi GlasheenRuairi is a percussionist, composer, presenter and creative leader. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, Ruairi has led a truly diverse career, performing with his ensemble Tir Eolas at the Globe, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, Ronnie Scotts, The Purcell Room and the BBC Proms.

Passionate about social inclusion and wellbeing through the creative arts, Ruairi has worked with the BBC, ENO, Wigmore Hall, and Live Music Now, as a project leader and director. Ruairi has composed and directed productions for Chickenshed Theatre Company including We Are All Born Free with Amnesty International, performed for the Dali Lama’s visit to London in 2015.



National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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