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

Join LYFE

“This ensemble is amazing and has helped so many young people find their own musical style and become happy in performing it! It’s the best group of its kind”

LYFE member 2014-15

Players of any instrument are welcome. Previous experience of folk music is useful but by no means essential.

To join the London Youth Folk Ensemble you need to: 

  • Be 12 - 19 years old
  • Have a good grasp of technique on your instrument and be able to play tunes confidently
  • Have some experience of learning and playing tunes by ear
  • Have some experience of playing your instrument in a group (eg band, ensemble, orchestra)
  • Demonstrate passion for folk music and commitment to the Ensemble


How do I join?

If you are interested in joining LYFE 2017/18, you will need to sign up to a free sampler session on Sunday 17 September, 2 – 5pm, at Cecil Sharp House.

This event is an informal open audition and everyone wishing to apply for LYFE 2017/18 must sign up to the Sampler session. 

Click here to sign up!

 

Dates for LYFE 2017-18

Rehearsals

Sundays, 2-5pm

17 September (Sampler Session) | 8, 22 October | 12, 26 November | 10 December

7, 21 January | 4, 18 February | 4, 18  March

22 April | 13 May | 3, 17 June | 8 July

Performances

LYFE will give several public performances during the year. They will include:

  • Camden Youth Jazz, LSO St Luke’s, 25 March 2018
  • The Takeover, Cecil Sharp House, 8 July 2018
  • Folk by the Oak festival, Hatfield House, 15 July 2018

Annual fee

£240 | £180 concessions (for young people in receipt of free school meals or similar circumstances)

Please contact us if this fee is unaffordable for you - we want everyone who is offered a place in the Ensemble to be able to take it up. We are able to offer some financial support - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to discuss financial aid options with you.  

 

Any questions?

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