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At the heart of English folk

Book now for #YouthFolk Sampler Days

Registration is now open for the National Youth Folk Ensemble free Sampler Days taking place across the country in May and June 2019.

Our free Sampler Days will visit Wolverhampton, Cambridge, Southampton, Liskeard, London, Derby, Durham and Leeds over May/June half-term. 

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2019–20 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Each Sampler Day features music workshops, a Q&A with Ensemble staff and an optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process. 

"I absolutely loved this experience and it was very empowering playing with others, playing traditional English tunes but making them our own."

Sampler Day participant

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What is the National Youth Folk Ensemble?

With young musicians at the heart of the programme, the National Youth Folk Ensemble aims to nurture their talents, aspirations and creativity, enabling them to develop into the folk performers, educators and leaders of the future.

These talented musicians receive expert tuition and guidance from leading folk artist-educators.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

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The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme supported by Arts Council England.



National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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