Whether you want to learn to play from scratch, or improve your technique and musical confidence, come and enjoy high quality teaching from professional folk musicians at Cecil Sharp House.
"Totally brilliant - my favourite Saturdays! Great teaching from a great player, in a dynamic class." Student
Run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) since 2008, our Saturday Folk Music Workshops promote the musical traditions of the British Isles and beyond through affordable group classes in a range of folk instruments and song.
Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon and mixed instrument classes, led by our team of expert folk artist tutors including Hazel Askew, David Delarre, Beth Gifford, Ed Hicks, Paul Hutchinson and Laurel Swift.
Saturdays at Cecil Sharp House, variable dates and times, from 10.00
The next academic year will run from September 2017 - April 2018
Autumn Term 2017: 9, 23, 30 Sept | 14, 21 Oct | 4, 18 Nov | 2, 16 Dec
Spring Term 2018: 20, 27 Jan | 3, 17 Feb | 3, 17, 24 March | 14, 21 April
Timetable and fees
Termly fees: £113 | £90 concessions*
Advance booking required
Annual fee: £210 | £172 concessions*
Please note that we only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term. For more information about classes and levels visit the individual class pages via the menu on the left.
To book your place, please select your instrument from the menu on the left for further information.
Our tutors are all inspiring and friendly professional folk musicians who regularly perform, tour and teach.
See the individual class pages for more information - click the menu on the left.
Instrument specific information is available from the individual class pages to the left.
LEVEL 1 (absolute beginners)
No need to have picked up the instrument before.
LEVEL 2 (beginners)
For those who have some basic knowledge of playing the instrument and want to develop their skills
LEVEL 3 (improvers)
For those who can play the basics on the instrument and want to improve and expand their knowledge of traditional folk music.
LEVEL 4 (intermediate)
For those who are confident on their instrument, have some knowledge of the traditional folk repertoire and who want to extend their skills to extend their skills.
Please select your instrument from the menu on the left to book.
Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
It is a policy of EFDSS not to refund participants for missed classes.
Refunds are only given:
- If your course is cancelled or closed early.
If you enrol on a course but decide after the first session but before the second class of term that it is not right for you then you can either:
- transfer your booking from one instrument to another (depending on availability). If the course of your choice is full then we can reserve a place for you on the following term.
- or have the course fees refunded to you minus an administration charge of £15 (as long as you contact us before the second class of term).
These terms and conditions only apply to Saturday Folk Music Workshops.