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At the heart of English folk
London Youth Folk EnsembleLondon Youth Folk Ensemble

London Youth Folk Ensemble

The group and tutors are really friendly and supportive. My confidence as a performer has increased dramatically since joining this awesome band! I couldn't recommend it more."


Set up by EFDSS in 2013, the London Youth Folk Ensemble is a group of committed young musicians with a passion for playing and performing folk music.

Meeting regularly at Cecil Sharp House, the Ensemble works with professional folk musicians to create and perform folk music from Britain and beyond.

LYFE members play as a whole ensemble, exploring and arranging traditional folk repertoire; develop their performance style and presentation; work in small groups on their own material; develop skills in playing music for dancing; and learn about the history and culture of folk music.

The Ensemble 2017-18 is led by folk musician Emily Askew with Ruairi Glasheen.



LYFE Sampler Session

9 September 2018, 2 - 5pm at Cecil Sharp House

This event was an informal open audition and an opportunity to find out more about the Ensemble and whether it is right for you. Everyone wishing to apply for LYFE 2018/19 (whether or not you have been a member in previous years) is required to sign up to the Sampler session.

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