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. The 2018-19 Ensemble will meet for their first residential course at Halsway Manor, guided by Artistic Director Sam Sweeney and a team of leading folk musicians.
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 2018–19 Ensemble you need to sign-up to attend one of the Sampler Days. These take place during May/June 2018 at locations across the UK.
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 Sweeney, Artistic Director 2016-19
Awarded the coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2015, Sam is an exceptional fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist who has made his performing mark through his duo with Hannah James, as a member of Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, and most notably as a member of folk super-group Bellowhead. An exponent of English traditional music, Sam also performs with some of today’s most acclaimed English folk bands including Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, and founded Leveret with Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron. Sam is an experienced folk educator who has taught at Folkworks Youth Summer School, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the English Acoustic Collective Summer School, as well as running his own fiddle workshops for advanced players.
Music Leaders: Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter, Saul Rose, Becky Price, Ben Nicholls, Andy Cutting, Jack Rutter, Sarah Hayes, Dave Gray, Jenn Butterworth, Emma Reid, Seth Tinsley, Sam Partridge, Peter Wiegold
Pastoral Team: Jack Healy, Natalie Reid, Martha Lloyd