Its nearly the end of the September and what a month it has been! If you have visited us recently you will have noticed that the foyer works have been unavoidably delayed and so we still have a floating reception desk and the entrance is usually through one of the back doors, so please follow the signs to find your way in! Thankfully this will only last another week and we will be working from a lovely new desk from Thursday 3 October. This ties in nicely with our first concert of the season in Kennedy Hall, Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who will be performing that same night so if you are coming along you will be the first to see the transformation.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is launching a new London Youth Folk Ensemble for young musicians, thanks to a £64,937 grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music. The Ensemble, for improving and advanced players aged 12 to 18 years, is part of a wider programme that will include holiday courses and taster sessions across nine London boroughs taking place over the next two years.
Nineteen schools across England have been selected to take part in a unique learning programme inspired by The Full English, the most comprehensive free searchable digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.
He was heavily involved with the Sidmouth Festival in the 1960s and 70s when, at different times, he ran the folk song events in the Beach Store, and the dance swappers club at which English dancers and members of the international dance teams learned each other’s dances. He served for several terms, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s, on the Board (previously known as National Executive) of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), including a period as vice-chair. He was also involved in the early years of Folk Camps.
The team at Cecil Sharp House would like to thank you all for your patience during the most disruptive of weeks we have had so far since the building works started!