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HT 115 Get Your Folk On! EFDSS Feb 2011, girls with fiddles, photo Roswitha Chesher

English Folk Dance and Song Society Roundtable

On Monday 20th January, Sound Connections were invited by the English Folk Dance and Song Society at Cecil Sharp House to host a lively and engaging roundtable discussion between leading lights of the folk world about ideas for a National Youth Folk Ensemble.

The round table was the next step in an open consultation between Sound Connections and folk professionals from across the country, which follows an extensive survey exploring of thoughts and views on the possibility of a project such as this.

The day consisted of a presentation of the survey findings, a presentation from EFDSS Education Director, Rachel Elliott, of existing national models and folk music opportunities for young people. Attendees then discussed the opportunities presented by a national folk programme, covering everything from structure to size, and ethos to outcomes, especialy keeping young people and folk music at the heart of the process. The roundtable discussion, like the survey, garnered an extremely positive response to the idea of a national folk group for young musicians, which kick-started an exciting process of bringing together the ideas of many passionate individuals to envision the possibilities of such a project.

The event was facilitated by Sound Connections Director Philip Flood, Programme Manager Lawrence Becko and Research Assistant Sian Dicker, a member of our Wired4Music council for young leaders. Sound Connections will produce a full report on the consultation so watch this space.

For more information on the consultation, contact philip@sound-connections.org.uk. If you are interested in finding out more about our consultation, research and advocacy services, please contact lawrence@sound-connections.org.uk.

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