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At the heart of English folk


Many talented musicians applied for the second cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble and 18 players were selected to form the 2017–18 Ensemble.  

The Ensemble met for residential courses in different parts of England (Somerset, Northumberland, Kent and Norfolk) and they gave performances at Sage Gateshead, Cecil Sharp House, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, and on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. 


the future of folk music could look a lot like them

National Youth Folk Ensemble members talk about their love of the folk world as they get set to play Cambridge Folk Festival  

Big Issue North

The National Youth Folk Ensemble were a joy, a hugely talented bunch of musicians... it was intoxicating stuff

National Youth Folk Ensemble on Instagram

See highlights from the Ensemble's residential courses and performances