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At the heart of English folk

Youth

We offer many opportunities for young people to learn and get inspired about folk music, dance and song.
 

How to get involved

Holiday courses 
We offer a range of lively courses in folk music and dance at Cecil Sharp House in the school holidays. No previous experience of folk is needed, just the desire to enjoy yourself and to develop your skills. 
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National Youth Folk Ensemble
For talented young folk instrumentalists aged 14–18. With this exceptional ensemble we celebrate excellence in youth folk music, raise the profile of folk music in England, and provide high quality musical experiences for young people.
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London Youth Folk Ensemble
Welcoming young musicians aged 12–19 who want to create and perform folk music together. 
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Youth Ceilidhs 
Regular opportunities for 12-19 year-olds to dance to energetic ceilidh music. 
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Even more activities

The Takeover 
Our flagship annual youth-led event at Cecil Sharp House, filled with youth bands, sessions and a ceilidh. 
Coming next in Summer 2018.

Youth Forum
An opportunity for young people to gain experience in producing and marketing youth events, to meet experienced folk artists, and to attend gigs. Our youth forum is a chance to make your voice heard and take an active role in what happens at Cecil Sharp House.
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Centre for Young Musicians: Folk Ensembles 
We are partners in the weekly folk ensemble sessions for young people at London’s Centre for Young Musicians.
Find out more (CYM)

Work Experience 
We offer work experience placements at Cecil Sharp House for young people aged 14-18 (School Years 10-13), or for disabled young people up to age 24.
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About us

Working in partnership with arts organisations, schools, music education hubs, junior conservatoires and dance agencies, we aim to reach a broad range of young people in different formal and informal learning settings. 

We run a variety of engaging youth projects, both at Cecil Sharp House and further afield.

We are delighted to be an Arts Award Supporter.

Selected past projects

Living Song
A vibrant folk song and composition project for young people which was devised and delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
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U.Dance
We are proud to have been a part of U.Dance, Youth Dance England’s flagship national event.
Find out more and watch a film about the project

Spring Force
Our exciting male youth dance project, combining morris with contemporary dance, developed in partnership with Pavilion Dance/Dance South West.
Find out more and watch a film about the project

 

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