"Totally brilliant - my favourite Saturdays! Great teaching from a great player, in a dynamic class." Student
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.
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.
The Saturday Folk Music Workshops are open to everyone over the age of 16. We welcome all, from beginners to seasoned musicians - no experience of folk music is necessary! We only ask that you have a willingness to learn something new and enjoy making music in a celebratory, examination-free and sociable environment!
Saturdays at Cecil Sharp House, variable dates and times, from 10.00am
Autumn term: 17 October | 7, 14, 28 November | 5, 12 December
Spring term: 23, 30 January | 13, 27 February | 12, 19 March
Summer term: 23 April | 14, 21 May | 4, 18 June | 2 July
We recommend enrolling for the whole year. We offer 5% discount if paid by standing order across the year. See our annual enrolment form, available from the downloads section below, for more details.
Our courses usually consist of six sessions, spread out over the term to give students time to practise. We run classes in Accordion, Banjo (five string), Fiddle, Guitar, Melodeon (D/G with at least two right hand rows) and Song, with Folk Band and Stepping Stones to Sessions classes open to all instruments.
Instrument specific information is included where necessary.
Level 1 (absolute beginners)
For absolute beginners, no need to have picked up an instrument before.
Level 2 (beginners)
For beginners who have some basic knowledge of playing the instrument and want to develop their skills.
Level 3 (improvers)
For improvers who can play the basics on the instrument and want to improve and expand their knowledge of traditional folk music.
Level 4 (intermediate)
For people who are confident on their instrument, have some knowledge of the traditional folk repertoire and who want to extend their skills to an intermediate level.
Our tutors are all inspiring and friendly professional folk musicians who regularly perform, tour and teach. They are: Paul Hutchinson (Accordion), Ed Hicks (Banjo and Stepping Stones to Sessions), Laurel Swift (Fiddle and Folk Band), Beth Gifford (Fiddle), Dave Delarre (Guitar) and Hazel Askew (Song and Melodeon).
Enrolments for the summer term are now open!
Payment for the course can be made by credit/debit card or cheque. To pay by card, please contact Imogen on 020 7241 8953. If you would prefer to pay be cheque, please make it payable to 'EFDSS' and send to Cecil Sharp House for the attention of the Education Department.
Please note that we do not accept new beginner students in the summer term. Please contact Imogen, Education Administrator, before sending in an enrolment form if you have any queries.
We have limited numbers of banjos, accordions and melodeons available to hire for a small fee plus a deposit. We also have details of where students can hire fiddles for our other classes. If you would like to hire an instrument please contact us.
For more information contact Imogen Dyer, Education Administrator on:
Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
Are you looking to learn more about traditional folk song? Why not join our new Monday Folk Choir Workshops?