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At the heart of English folk


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 don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.

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


Venue Sales and Events Manager

We are seeking an experienced events professional to lead the effective development and delivery of recurring, commercial and charitable hires at Cecil Sharp House. This includes managing its administration, initial contact, event planning and co-ordination of operational delivery.

The VSEM will work closely with the Operations team to ensure the smooth operational running of Cecil Sharp House as both a venue to hire and with its’ own exciting public programme of concerts.

Conditions of employment

Salary: £26,500
Hours: 35 hours per week, excluding lunch breaks, Monday to Friday.
Usual working hours are 9.30am – 5.30pm but evening and weekend work will be required from time to time
Overtime is not paid but Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) is given
Holidays: 25 days per annum plus statutory public and bank holidays
Pension: Employee/Employer contributory pension scheme
Probation: The post carries a 6 month probationary period.
Term: Permanent

How to apply

Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form. CVs will not be accepted.

Completed applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the attention of Rosie Baker.

Closing date is Monday 10th September at 9am. Interviews to be held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 20th September 2018.

Job description (Word) Job description (PDF)

Application form  Equal opportunities monitoring form



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. 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.

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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This is a freelance role to provide pastoral care for the National Youth Folk Ensemble members while they are taking part in residential courses, performances and tours. The pastoral team has duty of care for the young musicians and they are looked to for guidance and support.


The Pastoral Staff will work with the Pastoral Lead, Programme Manager and rest of the pastoral team to maintain a safe and secure environment and look after the health, safety and welfare of the young musicians. They will support the smooth running of activities, striving to create a supportive atmosphere where young people can be themselves and fulfil their potential.