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At the heart of English folk
Support our work with the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Help us to grow the National Youth Folk Ensemble

We’re so proud of everything our National Youth Folk Ensemble has achieved so far - under the guidance of Artistic Director Sam Sweeney, our first cohort have been busy all year rehearsing and meeting with a wonderful range of guest tutors. They've even supported Leveret at The Met in Bury!

Trad Nights

New series of "Trad Nights" announced at Cecil Sharp House

September sees the start of a new programme of concerts at the home of English folk by contemporary traditional performers, featuring the songs that have been loved, sung and shared for generations.

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs conference tickets now on sale

We are delighted to be hosting our first conference exploring ‘traditional’ and ‘popular’ tunes, their history and transmission.

Musicians in Museums residencies open for applications

exploring the tangible and intangible heritage of England

We are delighted to be partnering with the National Coal Mining Museum for England, the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life to offer folk music artists an exciting creative and learning opportunity.

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Library Refurbishment and Closure 19 July - 5 September 2017

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is very excited to announce that its main reading room is to undergo a major refurbishment this summer to create a better space for users to discover and explore the English folk arts.