The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented 14-18 year old instrumentalists from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music. Sam Partridge takes over from Sam Sweeney as the new Artistic Director; this will his – and the 2019/20 consort’s – first residential course together, joined by a team of leading folk musician-tutors.
The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme funded by Arts Council England. To find out more, visit www.efdss.org/youthfolk
Who’s it For?
To start your application for the 2019/20 Ensemble you need to sign-up to attend one of the NYFE Sampler Days which take place at locations across the UK. To find out more, visit www.efdss.org/youthfolk
EFDSS are looking for confident instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!
Sam Partridge is an outstanding multi-instrumentalist and composer most often seen performing on timber flute, whistle and English concertina. Growing up in the High Peak, he galvanised his musical ability through studying classical bassoon at Junior RNCM. After falling in love with folk music through local weekly sessions in Glossop, he chose to study on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. While in Newcastle Sam immersed himself in the strong woodwind traditions of Irish, Scottish and Breton traditional music. He spent time at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and subsequently embraced traditional English music through a Masters degree at Newcastle University.
Sam is a member of Pons Aelius, The Rachel Hamer Band, Jordan Aikin and Bad Phantom, and has recently formed an exciting duo with fiddle player and clog dancer Grace Smith. With broad musical interests, including jazz and composition, he is a highly skilled and committed educator who has experience teaching on the Folkworks programme at Sage Gateshead and at Folkworks Summer Schools; tutoring at Newcastle University; working as a music teacher in a secondary school; and leading other youth and adult folk music learning projects across the north of England. In 2017 he was involved in a teaching and performance project at Xiamen University in China, and he has taught at a number of National Youth Folk Ensemble residential courses.
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