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At the heart of English folk

Young People

“I liked that it was all about folk music for young people because there is nothing else like that anywhere!” Previous participant

We are committed to providing opportunities for young people to learn and get inspired about folk music, dance and song!

We run the London Youth Folk Ensemble and a programme of holiday courses which reach young people from across London and beyond.

Find out more about our fantastic current opportunities for young people


The Young Folk Club (for 12-25 year olds)

Sunday 2 February 2020, 6-8pm 
Run for young people by young people! Play tunes, sing songs and share your favourite music. 


Holiday courses

Interested in folk music and dance? We run regular holiday courses for children and young people aged 7-19.
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Arts Award

Taking part in our holiday courses and ensembles can contribute to an Arts Award Discover, Explore or Bronze Award.  For more information, visit our Arts Award page.


London Youth Folk Ensemble

Passionate about playing and performing folk music? Join our London Youth Folk Ensemble!
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Folk Unlimited

Creative, inclusive, multi-sensory band sessions for disabled young people led by folk artists Emmie Ward and Joe Danks.
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Youth Ceilidhs

Fun, friendly social dance events with energetic live music from top bands. 
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Youth Forum

Join our Youth Forum and get your voice heard at the English Folk Dance and Song Society and Cecil Sharp House!
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National Youth Folk Ensemble

Our flagship programme, selected by annual audition. 
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