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EFDSS: Youth folk music activity mapping across England

As part of Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is creating a national youth folk music ensemble aiming to raise the profile of folk music throughout England, and provide high quality musical experiences for young people.

As part of the preparatory work, EFDSS commissioned Sound Connections to conduct a two-stage consultation scoping and surveying the youth folk music education landscape.

  • March 2014 – consultative discussions with members of the folk music and music education sectors to assess the feasibility and desirability of the ensemble.
  • February-May 2015 – surveying and mapping existing and planned youth folk music activity across the country.

Presenting an enlightening overview of existing youth folk music activity, representing one third of local authorities, more than 60 organisations, and over 100 projects, the report for the second research phase can be found here.

The report from the first research phase, can be found on the EFDSS website education pages.


For further information about the national youth folk music ensemble, and the next steps of its development, please contact Sarah Jones:

Photography © EFDSS: photographer Roswitha Chesher


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