Free Youth Folk Sampler Day


Ashford School, East Hill, Ashford, TN24 8PB


Music Workshops

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Sunday 31 May, 202011:00 am4:00 pm

The English Folk Dance and Song Society, in partnership with Kent Music and Tenterden Folk Festival, are proud to present one of only eight free sampler days throughout England this year, to take place in Ashford on May 31st.

The creative, challenging workshop is designed to give young musicians a chance to find out more about English folk music, and specifically the National Youth Folk Ensemble. The ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists.

All keen young musicians aged 12 – 18 eager to explore new arrangements and styles of music are invited to take part in the creative and challenging workshop this May. No previous experience with folk music is necessary and, unlike a classical orchestra, there are no restrictions on the type of instrument you play – just that you play it with confidence!*

Each Sampler Day of creative music-making features:

  • workshops with superb musicians who are also highly experienced educators
    • Q&A with Ensemble staff
    • an optional short audition, if you are aged 14+ and want to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

All playing and learning will be done by ear, offering young musicians the opportunity to develop an area of their musical skill set which they may never have had the chance to previously.

Spaces are extremely limited and booking is essential, so we would encourage any interested parties to sign up  for their free place as soon as possible at efdss.org/youthfolk.


*NB: Musicians with electric instruments must bring their own amps and leads. The National Youth Folk Ensemble’s repertoire is currently instrumental only so the Sampler Day is not suitable for singers.