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Vacancies

Join the English Folk Dance and Song Society team at Cecil Sharp House and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

The English Folk Song and Dance Society (EFDSS) strives to attract and appoint top talent to support its development as England’s folk arts development organisation.

EFDSS’ employment opportunities are broad; we offer a diverse range of employment across the Society, as well as within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and at Cecil Sharp House. Find out more about EFDSS

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process to the highest industry standards. EFDSS welcomes application from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests.

All applicants must complete a standard EFDSS Application Form when applying for a vacancy rather than sending a CV. We’d don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.

Unless otherwise indicated, our posts are based at Cecil Sharp House, London.


Lead Tutor (London Youth Folk Ensemble)

EFDSS is delighted to offer the following opportunity for a Lead Tutor for the London Youth Folk Ensemble.

Summary Job Purpose

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is looking to appoint an excellent freelance folk music educator to lead the London Youth Folk Ensemble for 2016 - 2017.

With a strong knowledge of English folk and traditional music and excellent facilitation and leadership skills, you will inspire and nurture the young musicians, helping them to explore their creativity and develop their performance, arrangement and leadership skills.

The Leader will be responsible for delivering high quality learning experiences for London Youth Folk Ensemble participants; collaborating with the young musicians and music leaders to create and arrange repertoire; and supporting the young musicians to give inspiring performances.  

Fee:£150 per rehearsal, inclusive of planning, debrief, evaluation and travel (£200 for rehearsals with end of term concerts). £150 per external concert. 12 hours planning meetings at £22

Term: Fixed term until July 2017 

Safeguarding

Please note: this role will involve regular contact with children and young people. In line with EFDSS’ Child Protection Policy, appointments will be made subject to satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references; the signing of a declaration stating that there is no reason why you would be considered unsuitable to work with children; and declaring all previous criminal convictions (as per The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974). 

How to Apply

Applicants should download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and the full Job Description. 

Write a covering email explaining why you are interested in this tutor role and why you feel you have the relevant knowledge, skills and experience to do it. 

Attach an up-to-date CV containing your full contact details and outlining your relevant work experience – in either a paid or voluntary capacity (see attached guidance on requirements for a CV)

Download, complete and attach the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Completed applications should be emailed to Rosie Baker, Operations Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Closing date for completed applications is Friday 8 July, 9am.

Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House on Friday 15 July.


Lead Tutor (LYFE) Job Description (pdf)
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (word)
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (pdf)
CV Guidance (pdf)


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to support EFDSS and get closer to all things folk. If you are interested in volunteering for us please see below for volunteer opportunities.

The Full English

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is seeking volunteers to work on The Full English transcription project. The work will be undertaken remotely so volunteers will need an internet connection to complete the tasks.

The Full English digital archive is the world’s largest free archive of traditional English folk music and dance tunes.

We are seeking interested people with an eye for detail to work on transcribing these digital archives. Full training is provided. If you’d like to be involved please complete the volunteer form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For any questions on the project, please contact Natalie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.


At Cecil Sharp House we are always on the lookout for more volunteer stewards to help support our concerts, dances and family activities. It’s a fun way to get involved and have a great experience in one of London’s greatest venues. 


We also sometimes need assistance in the Marketing team.

Our garden is maintained and planted by Permaculture and we welcome volunteers all year round to keep it looking beautiful.

Volunteers are a valuable part of our staff team. If you are enthusiastic about the folk arts, have good verbal communication skills and enjoy being in a creative environment where your contributions can really make a difference then please do get in touch to register your interest.

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The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.

 

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