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    • An Introduction to Folk Song in England
      Cecil Sharp House, London

      Internationally published folklorist Steve Roud presents with Laura Smyth, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archive Director, this popular introductory level day exploring the history of English folk song

       

      Who is it for?

      Folk Song in England: Level 1 is aimed at beginners and will not presume any previous experience or knowledge. This course is open to anyone aged 16 years or over.

       

      What can I learn?

      Folklorist Steve Roud and Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archive Director Laura Smyth present this popular introductory level study day exploring the history of English folk song. Topics will include: the many possible definitions of 'folk', the songs themselves, the singers, the places and times for singing, the music, cheap printed broadsides and other sources from which people learned songs, the folksong collectors, the scholars and the beginnings of the post-War revival.

       

      When and where does the course take place?

      Sunday 19 November 2017
      10.30am - 4.30pm
      Cecil Sharp House

      Course fee: £45 (£36 concessions)

       

      Who leads the course

      The course is led by Steve Roud, an experienced folklorist who has been researching and writing the history of folk tradition for over 30 years. He is the creator of the Roud Folk Song Index, co-author of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore and co-editor The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. He has also written several books about English folklore, including The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland and The English Year. 

      Steve’s latest publication, Folk Song in England, was published by Faber in August 2017 and is available now in our Folk Shop.

      Steve Roud will be joined by Laura Smyth, Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archives.

       

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      For more information contact:

      education@efdss.org | 020 7241 8953

       

       
    • Quadrille Club
      Cecil Sharp House, London

      Enjoy 19th century dance in a social setting, rather than an intensive teaching class. Suitable for dancers with mixed abilities.

       
    • An Introduction to Folk Song in England
      Cecil Sharp House, London

      Internationally published folklorist Steve Roud presents with Laura Smyth, EFDSS’ Library and Archive Director, this popular introductory level day exploring the history of English folk song.

       
    • London City Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev
      Cecil Sharp House, London

      Luscious melodies, emotional drama and the famous 'fate' motif makes Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony one of his most popular works. Alongside Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' Suite, prepare for an afternoon of heart-wrenching symphonic passion.