English Folk Dance & Song Society
At the English Folk Dance and Song Society, we champion the folk arts at the heart of England’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.
We deliver programmes of learning and participation, artist development and networking for educators:
- Online and at a range of venues across England, and sometimes beyond
- Through our arts venue, Cecil Sharp House
- Through our library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
We frequently work in partnership with arts, education and heritage organisations.
We have around 3000 members worldwide – most of whom are active participants in music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions
from £14.67 per session
from £132.00 per term
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY
Cecil Sharp House
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
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This is open to all: songs are learnt by ear without musical notation and field recordings are often used for source material.
Lyrics will be available after initially learning a song by, both in the form of handouts and also on the online groupsite, along with sound recordings of all material.
We focus on learning a new song by ear each week and then often break into smaller groups to work on specific techniques such as ornamentation, harmony singing and interpretation.
We cover techniques applicable to solo singing, but most singing is done in groups.
However, there are opportunities for solo singing for those who wish.
Britain contains a large and highly evolved repertoire of traditional song covering a variety of genres – from ballads and comic songs to work songs and ceremonial songs – as well as a wealth of singing styles.
This class aims to introduce these extraordinary traditions through a practical workshop, through the learning and exploration of these songs and listening in to the voice of our cultural ancestors.
Young people 12–15 years old may attend with a participating, responsible adult over 18 years of age.
Cecil Sharp House, London