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At the heart of English folk
London Youth Folk EnsembleLondon Youth Folk Ensemble

London Youth Folk Ensemble

The group and tutors are really friendly and supportive. My confidence as a performer has increased dramatically since joining this awesome band! I couldn't recommend it more." - Olivia

Set up by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 2013, the London Youth Folk Ensemble is a group of committed young musicians with a passion for playing and performing folk music.

Meeting regularly at Cecil Sharp House, the Ensemble works with professional folk musicians to create and perform folk music from Britain and beyond.

LYFE members play as a whole ensemble, exploring and arranging traditional folk repertoire; develop their performance style and presentation; work in small groups on their own material; develop skills in playing music for dancing; and learn about the history and culture of folk music.

The Ensemble is led by folk musician Emily Askew with Ruairi Glasheen.


LYFE 2019-20 dates

Autumn term: 22 Sept (Sampler Session) | 6, 20 Oct | 3, 24 Nov | 8 Dec 2019

Spring term: 19 Jan | 2, 16 Feb | 1, 15, 29 Mar 2020

Summer term: 26 Apr | 10, 24 May | 7, 21 June | 4 July 2020

Annual fee: £270 | £204 concessions (advance booking required)


Welcoming young musicians who want to create and perform amazing folk music together! The Ensemble meets regularly from September to July, led by Emily Askew and Ruari Glasheen, and performs at exciting events across London and beyond, including Folk by the Oak Festival in Hatfield.  Open for improver to advanced level musicians of any instrument.

London Youth Folk Ensemble is an annual commitment.

Musicians interested in joining the Ensemble are required to sign up to a free Sampler Session that takes place each September, before the start of the Autumn term. 

The 2019 Sampler Session will take place on Sunday 22 September, 2-5pm.

Book now for the FREE Sampler Session

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