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At the heart of English folk

Adult summer courses begin

Our summer season of education classes and courses is well underway at Cecil Sharp House, but fear not, there's still time to sign-up to some fantastic sessions.


“We want everyone of all ages to feel very welcome at Cecil Sharp House and relish the opportunity to learn and participate in folk arts of all kinds. This summer term there’s a chance for children and adults to dance, sing, play music, take part in arts and crafts, learn about folklore and have a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ view of some of the original manuscripts that are now online in The Full English digital archive. In May there’s our lovely annual May in a Day! family folk arts festival which is bursting with wonderful folk arts to watch, listen to and join with!”
Education Director, Rachel Elliott


Aside from our weekly drop-in classes we have some exciting courses starting this week and running throughout the summer months. If you would like to register interest for any of the following classes and courses please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953



Folklore in England: Level 1  

From Wednesday 14 May, 7 - 9pm | More info

Abbots Bromley



English Step Dancing (New Class)

From Wednesday 14 May, 7 - 8.30pm | More info



Folk Choir Workshop (one-day course)

Sunday 16 May, 10am - 4pm | More info



Also coming up...




The Full English Open Archive Day and Archive Workshops

Saturday 14 June, 10 - 4pm 

Celebrating The Full English digital archive and the collections within

  • The day will include talks, demonstrations and manuscript displays:
  • See original manuscripts 
  • Listen to expert speakers: Malcolm Taylor OBE (Library Director, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library) and Steve Roud (folklore expert, lecturer and editor)
  • Learn about The Full English collections in the context of the first folk revival
  • See how The Full English digital archive works and can be used – ‘how to’ sessions will be available

This event is free (drop-in at any time) | Reserve your free space

Archive Workshops
Workshop 1: 10.30am - 12pm | Reserve your free space 
Workshop 2: 2 - 3.30pm | Reserve your free space




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