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At the heart of English folk

Sampler Days

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 National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Every year we run free Youth Folk Sampler Days across England for 14-18 year old instrumentalists. 2019 Sampler Days took place over May/June half-term.

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

To register for a Sampler Day you will need to:
• be aged 14-18 on 1 September in the current year
• live in England
• be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument 

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. No experience of folk music necessary. All playing and learning will be done by ear. 

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

 If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend a Sampler Day to start the audition process. Find out more about auditioning.

Sampler Days have previously taken place in Bristol, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Derby, Didcot, Durham, Exeter, Gateshead, Leeds, Liskeard, London, Manchester, Okehampton, Sheffield, Southampton and York.

 

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