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At the heart of English folk
Monday Folk Choir Workshops

Monday Folk Choir Workshops

Learn folk songs from Britain and beyond

If you arrive feeling grumpy, you definitely leave smiling!
I really value learning and practising folk songs in such a friendly environment and learning how to harmonise tunes.

Who is it for?

These popular sessions are suitable for adult singers over the age of 16 and for all abilities, without the pressure and commitment of public performance. All material is taught by ear.

What can I learn?

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment. 


When does it take place?

Mondays (weekly) at Cecil Sharp House, 7 - 9pm

Autumn term: 23 September - 2 December (no session 21 October)

Spring term: 13 January – 23 March (no session 17 February)

Please note these workshops run weekly.



Termly fee: £100 | £80 concessions*

Book now - Spring 2020

Who leads the choir workshops?

The Autumn term workshops will be led by Hazel Askew.

Hazel Askew is a London based singer, musician and workshop leader.  She performs with BBC 2 Folk Award nominated vocal trio Lady Maisery and traditional English folk duo The Askew Sisters, with whom she won Best Female Singer at the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards. Hazel frequently teaches for EFDSS on adult, youth and schools projects and has also led workshops for Folkworks, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Dartington Summer School, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and various festivals around the country.

The Spring term workshops will be led by Maz O'Connor.

Maz O'Connor is an English folk singer and songwriter described by The Guardian as 'one of folk's brightest young talents'. She has been performing since reaching the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, and her third album will be released in Autumn 2019. Alongside her performing and writing, Maz has been working as a music educator, with a particular interest in young people and elderly care. She has been a tutor with The EFDSS on several projects, a member of the Live Music Now scheme since 2014, and a regular tutor at The Hub Band at the Cambridge Folk Festival. 


Terms and Conditions

Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.

*Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit).

Evidence of concession will need to be provided before booking by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation. Once authorised, bookings and payment can be taken over the phone via the Box Office on 020 7485 2206.

Read more about Terms and Conditions for classes and courses run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

For any other queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Education department on 020 7241 8953. 


I come away feeling great - it's wonderful to feel my voice soar in a supportive environment. Many of the other participants have become friends.