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At the heart of English folk
Lift at Cecil Sharp House in action

Advance notice of lift closure at Cecil Sharp House

Between Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 April inclusive the lift at Cecil Sharp House will be out of service due to essential planned maintenance work. Please note that during this period there will be no step-free access to the building, or between floors, and at times there will be construction noise.

Continued professional development

Professional development one day courses for teachers, artists and educators

As part of The Full English project – a nationwide learning programme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund – the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is hosting professional development courses across the country. These events will demonstrate the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum from key stages 1 - 5, including work at GCSE and A Level, inspired by The Full English digital archive of manuscript materials. If you want to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to start using folk music, dance and drama to enhance your teaching, find an event happening near you and get involved!

Dom Flemons

World music project first for Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons

In an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) commission, in association with WOMAD, English musician Martin Simpson (one of the finest acoustic finger-style and slide guitar players in the world) and American guitar and banjo player Dom Flemons (from the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) will work together to create brand new collaborative material rooted in English and American folk traditions.

Help Musicians

Help Musicians UK wants to hear from you

Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) is the leading UK charity for musicians of all genres. They help emerging professionals to develop their talent, existing professionals who hit a crisis and musicians in retirement.

National Showcase Conference

National Showcase Conference now on sale

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a national showcase conference on Wednesday 25 June 2014 at the Town Hall, Birmingham to celebrate and showcase The Full English learning programme – an innovative England-wide folk arts education project. The conference will share learnings from The Full English and is the largest-scale event of its kind to have been hosted in recent history, highlighting how to make folk arts relevant in schools and beyond.