Applications for the 2018–19 Ensemble are now closed.
Each year we will look for excellent instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!
Everyone in the Ensemble will experience:
Membership is a one-year commitment from October to August. The residential courses take place in the school holidays: October, February, Easter and summer.
Our Sampler Days in May/June are the first stage of the audition process and they are free to attend. You will take part in creative group workshops and have a short individual audition.
Following the Sampler Days, selected musicians will be invited to attend a final audition and interview in London.
Current Ensemble members who wish to re-apply will also attend a final audition.
Young musicians who don’t wish to audition for the Ensemble are welcome to take part in the Sampler Days to find out about the project.
The National Youth Folk Ensemble is open to players of any instrument, but we are not looking for singers.
To apply for a place in the Ensemble you will need to:
In the Sampler Days, final auditions and interview, we look at instrumental technique, musicality, ensemble skills, and attitude.
We are looking for musicians who demonstrate:
We also take into account a balance of instruments, gender and geographic spread.
There are no audition fees and we can help with travel costs to and from the audition venue.
Membership of the National Youth Folk Ensemble costs £400 for the year.
We want everyone who is offered a place in the Ensemble to be able to take it up and we are able to offer financial support if the fee or travel costs are unaffordable.