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At the heart of English folk

Get Your Folk On!

"I've learnt loads of tunes but also different dances and stuff I'd never tried before." Participant


Who is it for?

Get Your Folk On! is for young people aged 7–19 years with varied levels of musical and dance experience. No previous experience of folk is needed – although we’re always happy to meet folk enthusiasts! Players of all instruments welcome.

Juniors: 7–11 years
Youth: 12–19 years


What can I learn?

- playing music by ear - no sheet music here!
- exploring harmonies, riffs, chord sequences and folk techniques
- creating arrangements in small and big bands
- singing and exploring folk song history and culture
- trying new instruments or dance forms
- gaining performance skills with final sharing events

Achieve your Bronze level Arts Award during this course for an additional fee.

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!  

This year we are focusing on the archives of American folk song collector, James Madison Carpenter.  Currently being digitally archived to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, his collection contains a wealth of ballads, tunes and other material collected from across UK. We'll be creating our own new and exciting works based on his source recordings and manuscripts, and learning more about his life.


When and where does it take place?

Get Your Folk On! Summer School

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House

Fee: £150 | £100 concessions 

Please note that this is a week long course which runs daily (Monday-Friday)10.30am – 4.30pm.

For any queries, please call 020 7241 8953. 

Book now

After booking your place you will receive an email with confirmation of your booking and a link to a google form. This form will contain important questions about your booking to help us plan our courses effectively. 

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