Youth Folk Sampler Day - LANCASHIRE

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Play by ear and develop your creativity, explore folk music, and learn from inspiring professional musicians. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops with other young musicians and, if you want to, audition for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

We are happy to say that our Youth Folk Sampler Days will happen online in May 2020! We have cancelled the events scheduled in venues due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are encouraging young musicians to take part from home.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble team will deliver virtual workshops introducing young musicians to folk tunes, techniques and creative ideas. We are planning a mix of pre-recorded tutorials and interactive activities using readily available online technology.

Young musicians can still audition for the 2020-21 National Youth Folk Ensemble by registering for a Youth Folk Sampler Day. We hope that the final auditions will still happen in person at Cecil Sharp House on 11 and 12 July 2020. If this is not possible, we will organise alternative provision.

Please register for your preferred Sampler Day date. Each date is still tied to the venue where it would have taken place – but wherever you live in England, you can now apply for any of the eight dates.

We will send you further details about the workshops and auditions as soon as we can.

To register for a Youth Folk Sampler Day you will need to:
• be aged 12-18
• live in England
• be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument

Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with folk musicians Sam Partridge, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble (applicants need to be aged 14-18 on 1 September 2020)

Youth Folk Sampler Days are free to attend and open to players of any instrument. Playing and learning will be done by ear.

If you’ll be aged 14-18 on 1 September 2020 and you're interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend a Sampler Day to start the audition proces. Visit to find out more about auditioning.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme, funded by Arts Council England with additional funding from Garfield Weston Foundation.

Our Youth Folk Sampler Day partners are The Lancashire County Council Heritage Learning Team and Lancashire Music Hub

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