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At the heart of English folk
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Youth Folk Ensemble

New London-wide Youth Folk Ensemble to launch

Part of a Youth Music funded programme to include taster sessions across London boroughs

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.

Learning

The Full English Learning Programme

19 English schools take part in unique folk arts projects to engage pupils with their local cultural heritage.

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.

Griff Jones: funeral details

The death has been announced of Griff Jones at the age of 86 years. A dancer and musician with the Lutterworth Morris Men, he also taught a boys’ team at the local grammar school where he was a teacher.

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.

Building works continue at Cecil Sharp House

Welcome to the latest Cecil Sharp House building project update from Rosie Baker, Operations Director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

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!

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Live Music Now: deepening folk roots

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is proud to be supporting Live Music Now in their efforts to expand their network of folk and traditional musicians they work with.

Live Music Now (LMN), the UK's leading musician development and outreach charity, is recruiting new soloists and bands. They are looking for brilliant artists at the start of their careers, who communicate well with audiences. Sound like you, or someone you know? Read on!