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EFDSS Online Youth Folk Sampler Days

National Youth Folk Ensemble





Aged 12–18?

Play an instrument confidently?

Want to play by ear, develop your creativity and have the opportunity to audition to join the National Youth Folk Ensemble?

Sign up for a free online Sampler Day!


Sunday 6 June 11am–4pm, in partnership with The Stables, Milton Keynes

Book your free place now:






To register for a Sampler Day you will need to:

  • be aged 12–18 
  • live in England
  • be able to play confidently on your chosen instrument 

Each Sampler Day features:

  • online music workshops with highly skilled professional folk artists
  • online Q&A with Ensemble staff
  • optional short online audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble (please note the auditions are for people who are 14–18 on 1 September 2021)

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. No experience of folk music necessary. All playing and learning will be done by ear. You are welcome to book for any date, however we recommend booking for your closest event if possible, to meet other young musicians from your area.   

Places are free, but numbers are limited.

Reserve yours now!


EFDSS: Learning by Ear - Online Training Resource

The EFDSS have released a fantastic *Learning by Ear* online training resource for ensemble musicianship, in collaboration with Orchestras for All
The resource has been created in collaboration with experienced educator Emily Askew and the London Youth Folk Ensemble.
It takes you on a step-by-step learning journey as you watch and join in with a total of 43 short films showing different techniques and approaches to ensemble leadership.
It is all free, online and to download for non-commercial educational use.



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