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At the heart of English folk

Holiday Courses at Cecil Sharp House

Welcoming young people to Cecil Sharp House to explore folk music, dance and song from Britain and beyond.

I loved making new songs and performing with new people. I also loved the morris dancing!

July 2017

Through a focus on folk music, song and dance, Get Your Folk On! courses offer young musicians the chance to:

  • play music by ear - no sheet music here!
  • explore harmonies, riffs, chord sequences and folk techniques
  • create arrangements in small and big bands
  • sing and explore the history and culture of folk songs
  • try new instruments or dance forms
  • gain performance skills with final sharing events


Courses are friendly, flexible and responsive to all young people's needs and abilities. 

Led by a team of skilled and engaging folk educators - no previous folk experience is required and no two courses are the same! 

Taking part in one of our holiday courses can contribute to an Arts Award Discover, Explore or Bronze Award.  For more information, visit our Arts Award page.
 

Get Your Folk On! Summer School

For 9–19 year olds

Monday 12 – Friday 16 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Course fee: £160 | £100 concessions (advance booking required)

Creative summer school for young musicians

Join us for a week packed with folk music, song and dance tuition built around your skills and your ideas. 

Led by leading professional folk artists, David Delarre (guitar) with Beth Gifford (fiddle), who will be joined for two days by guest tutor, Hannah James (clog, song and accordion). 

This friendly and flexible course gives you the space to develop your skills, learn something new and play with other young musicians in our beautiful home in Camden.

For all instrumentalists aged 9 – 19, from those who are able to play a basic tune (so not absolute beginners) to those who are more advanced and are looking for new challenges. 

No folk experience is necessary and all instruments are welcome.

During the week we: play music by ear; explore harmonies, riffs, chord sequences and folk techniques; create arrangements in small and big bands; sing and explore the history and culture of folk songs; try new instruments or dance forms and perform to friends and family.

Taking part in Get Your Folk On! can contribute to an Arts Award Discover, Explore (7+) or Bronze Award (11+) for an additional cost.  For more information, visit our Arts Award page.

If you would like more information about this week, please do get in touch with us.

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Get Your Folk On! Plus 

For disabled 12-24 year olds and their friends

Friday 16 August, 1 - 3pm

Fee: £12 | £8 concessions (advance booking required)
Assistant / carer ticket is free

Explore and create folk music and song together in an inclusive, sensory environment. All abilities and levels of experience welcome. No prior experience of playing music required.

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