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At the heart of English folk
Cecil Sharp House Choir performing at The Full English Discovery Day, British Library, July 2013, photo © EFDSS, photographer Roswitha Chesher

Cecil Sharp House Choir

“The Cecil Sharp House Choir are an incredible bunch of individuals that together create this soul searching sound. They were a dream to work with and listen to.”  

Ben Eshmade, Daylight Music

The Choir is run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and has English folk song at the heart of its repertoire. The Choir is led by inspirational choir leader Rose Martin. With firm roots in both the choral and folk traditions, Rose is a passionate believer in the power of singing together and sharing songs to create a strong sense of community and cohesion. Rose grew up in Kent, and later studied at Chetham’s School of Music, and King’s College London, where she cut her teeth as a choral scholar. Over the last ten years Rose has worked as a choral singer, conductor, workshop leader and teacher, and her musical journey has spanned many genres, with folk always being closest to her heart.

Since being formed by EFDSS in April 2008, Cecil Sharp House Choir has become known for its spirited and moving renditions of traditional songs. The Choir concentrates on singing a capella folk and traditional songs from Britain and beyond. It is un-auditioned and is for confident singers who are able to hold a tune and are keen to perform. There’s no need to read music – all songs are taught by ear.

Cecil Sharp House Choir has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly at Cecil Sharp House and at a host of other venues and events such as at the British Library, the Southbank Centre (Chorus Festival, Tapping the Source), Voices Now festival at the Roundhouse, the National Maritime Museum, Oslo Musikkfest and the House of Commons.

Ten Years of Cecil Sharp House Choir: EDS magazine, Autumn 2018

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