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At the heart of English folk

Sampler Days

  • Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018?

  • Play an instrument confidently?

  • Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Sign up for a free place at one of our Sampler Days in May/June 2018.

Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument.
All playing and learning will be done by ear.

These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process. Click here to find out more about auditioning. 


To register for a Sampler Day, click on your preferred date and fill in the form: 

Saturday 26 May 2018 
Royal Northern College of Music

Sunday 27 May 2018 
National Centre for Early Music

Monday 28 May 2018 
Sage Gateshead

Tuesday 29 May 2018 

Thursday 31 May 2018 
Cambridge Junction

Friday 1 June 2018 
Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 2 June 2018 
Ebenezer Hall

Sunday 3 June 2018 
Guildhall Theatre Clubrooms

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I absolutely loved this experience and it was very empowering playing with others, playing traditional English tunes but making them our own 
Sampler Day participant

Arts Council England