On the 17th March, EFDSS made the decision to pause all events until 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus. Their priority, as well as Kent Music’s, is keeping staff, participants, artists and tutors safe. You can read the statement here: https://www.efdss.org/about-us/what-we-do/news/10007-cecil-sharp-house-c19
Both the Kent Music and EFDSS teams are looking into creative solutions, and hope to be bringing folk to young people soon.
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.
Despite having a rich history of folk music in the county, young people in Kent have limited access to engage and experiment with traditional music. We’re so excited to be a part of opening the doors of opportunity for young people at this free workshop staffed by talented and enthusiastic musicians.
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.
Date and Time:
Sun, 31st May 2020
11:00 – 16:00
*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.