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At the heart of English folk

Saturday Folk Music Workshops

Whether you want to learn to play from scratch, or improve your technique and musical confidence, come and enjoy high quality teaching from professional folk musicians at Cecil Sharp House.

"Totally brilliant - my favourite Saturdays! Great teaching from a great player, in a dynamic class." Student

Run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) since 2008, our Saturday Folk Music Workshops promote the musical traditions of the British Isles and beyond through affordable group classes in a range of folk instruments and song.

Who is it for?

The Saturday Folk Music Workshops are open to everyone over the age of 16. We welcome all, from beginners to seasoned musicians - no experience of folk music is necessary! We only ask that you have a willingness to learn something new and enjoy making music in a celebratory, examination-free and sociable environment!

Please note that we only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term. For more information about classes and levels visit the individual class pages via the menu on the left.


When and where does it take place?

Saturdays at Cecil Sharp House, variable dates and times, from 10.00

Autumn term 2016
17, 24 September | 1, 15, 29 October | 12, 26 November | 3, 10 December

Spring term 2017
21, 28 January | 4, 18 February | 4, 18 March | 1, 8, 22 April

Termly fee
£108 | £86 concessions

Annual Enrolment
We recommend enrolling for the whole year (Autumn and Spring term). We offer 5% discount if you choose to pay for the whole year at the beginning of the autumn term. See our annual enrolment form, available from the downloads section below, for more details.

Annual fee: £205.20 | £163.40 concessions

What can I learn?

We run classes in Accordion, Banjo (five string clawhammer), Fiddle, Guitar, Melodeon (D/G with at least two right hand rows) and Song, with mixed instrument classes - Folk Band and Stepping Stones to Sessions.

Our tutors are all inspiring and friendly professional folk musicians who regularly perform, tour and teach.

See the individual class pages for more information - click the menu on the left.



Level descriptions
Instrument specific information is available from the individual class pages to the left.

LEVEL 1 (absolute beginners)
For absolute beginners. No need to have picked up the instrument before.

LEVEL 2 (beginners)
For beginners who have some basic knowledge of playing the instrument and want to develop their skills

LEVEL 3 (improvers)
For improvers who can play the basics on the instrument and want to improve and expand their knowledge of traditional folk music.

LEVEL 4 (intermediate)
For people who are confident on their instrument, have some knowledge of the traditional folk repertoire and who want to extend their skills to an intermediate level.


How can I take part?

Please select your course from the menu on the left.

For any queries, please call 020 7241 8953 Tuesday - Friday. 

Please note that we only accept new beginner students in the autumn term. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953, before sending in an enrolment form if you have any queries.


Instrument Hire

We have limited numbers of banjos, accordions and melodeons available to hire for a small fee plus a deposit. We also have details of where students can hire fiddles. If you would like to hire an instrument please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953


For more information contact:
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Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)


Terms and Conditions

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