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At the heart of English folk
London Youth Folk Ensemble

FREE London Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Session

On Sunday 7 September, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a FREE Sampler Session for 12 – 18 year old musicians, interested in taking part in the London Youth Folk Ensemble 2014/15, at Cecil Sharp House.



"The group and tutors are really friendly and supportive.  My confidence as a performer has increased dramatically since joining this awesome band! I couldn't recommend it more.” Olivia, London Youth Folk Ensemble member 2013/14


During the Sampler Session young people will get an introduction to what being a part of the Ensemble is like - meeting tutors, learning folk tunes by ear, playing in a big band and in smaller ensembles.

Attending the session is a pre-requisite for anyone who wishes to apply to join the Ensemble 2014/15. Pre-booking is essential, so please sign-up if you wish to attend.


Applying to join the Ensemble 2014/15

Following the Sampler Session, musicians interested in joining the Ensemble will need to fill out an application form, which will be available after the Sampler Session. Becoming a member is an annual commitment for which there is a fee.

Please read more information here

More about the London Youth Folk Ensemble

Formed by EFDSS in October 2013, London Youth Folk Ensemble is a group of twenty five committed young musicians with a passion for playing and performing folk music! The Ensemble had a fantastic first year, with performances at LSO St Luke’s, Music for Youth Regional Festival and Folk By The Oak as well as events at Cecil Sharp House and the House of Commons.

London Youth Folk Ensemble provides a fantastic opportunity to learn, arrange and perform folk music from the British Isles and beyond, working with professional folk musicians. The Ensemble meets monthly at Cecil Sharp House, exploring a wide range of traditional folk repertoire, developing performance skills, learning about the history and culture of folk music, but most importantly playing and performing folk music together.

The Ensemble is part of EFDSS’ London wide youth folk music programme, providing both first access to folk music and progression routes for musicians wanting more opportunities to play folk music together.


London Youth Folk Ensemble is supported by

Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Additional supporters

Garfield Weston Foundation, the Dischma Charitable Trust, the Claire Hunter Charitable Trust and the Golsoncott Foundation.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


Donate now

There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!