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National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble seeks Artistic Director for 2019/20

We are now on the lookout for the next Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

This is a freelance role for an exceptional folk music performer and educator to lead on the artistic vision of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. With a strong knowledge of English folk and traditional music and excellent facilitation and leadership skills, the Artistic Director will inspire and nurture the young musicians, helping them to explore their creativity and develop their performance, arrangement and leadership skills.

Established in 2016 the Ensemble has achieved many successes with inaugural Artistic Director Sam Sweeney at the helm.  Now Sam’s term is coming to an end, it’s time for a new musician to bring their ideas to the programme and take up the exciting opportunity to lead the 2019-20 Ensemble.

The Artistic Director will be responsible for delivering high quality learning experiences for National Youth Folk Ensemble members; devising content for Sampler Days and residential courses across England; advising on music leaders; and collaborating with the young musicians and music leaders to create and arrange repertoire for the Ensemble to perform.

Apply now

Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. CVs will not be accepted.

Completed applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the attention of Rosie Baker.

Closing date for completed applications is Monday 8 October at 9am.

Interviews and music leading auditions will be held on Sunday 4 November in London.

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Application form Equal opportunities monitoring form



National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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