Music Mark newsletter – sign up to receive

Folk Camps is a member of Music Mark – who call themselves the UK Association for music education. They issue a monthly newsletter which is email specific and full of links. It is not suitable for putting on the FC website, so anyone who wishes to receive this through our membership, please let me know and I will set up an email circulation list for the newsletter.
There are lots of articles aimed at music teachers in various fields – news, events, symposisa, training opportunities, competitions, resources, vacancies etc, I imagine well worth a look for those in the profession or looking to enter it.

email me at the office if you wish to be added to the list.


2019 Craft Break now full

The final place has been taken for the February Craft Break, so the camp has now gone on to waiting list status. Spaces still available on all of our summer season, some camps booking fast, so if you have a favourite week or weekend, book now for just £20 deposit per head.

Recorder Tunes Published

Folk Camps has published a new free PDF book for download: Folk Tunes for Recorders. This contains multi-part arrangements of traditional music for descant, treble and tenor recorders. These have been painstakingly digitised from handwritten scores by Geoffrey Ginn, who was a school teacher in the 1960s and 70s and wrote the arrangements for his primary school-aged pupils. He took this music along to Folk Camps with his family, and often found other people to make music with. Now the music is available for download, print or performance for use by anyone who wishes to perform the music for their own pleasure, for educational purposes or for a charitable or non-commercial nature. There are PDF scores, midi and MP3 files all available for your use.

EFDSS callers development day opportunity

Folk Camps rep with EFDSS has just advised that they are running a Callers Development Day in February for a mere £10.

More information here:

At the recent AGM there was much discussion on dance, and several people expressed an interest in improving their calling skills, perhaps this is for you.

2019 season open for booking

The 2019 season has been opened for bookings, please follow the links from the programme page here.

2019 paper booking form now available here.

Excellent season this year, so book soon to get the camp of your choice!

Inset training opportunity for music teachers from EFDSS

Using folk music in the classroom: INSET training at CSH


EFDSS are delighted to be a cultural partner for A.N.D’s creative INSET programme 2018/19, delivering this jam-packed training day at CSH on 14 June, 2019. It’s free, for primary, secondary and SEN/D teachers across London, and full of creative resources and ideas for using folk music and song in your classroom.

We hope you can join us!


Folk Music degree offered at Leeds College of Music

Hello, I am writing to let you know more about our BA (Hons) Folk Music degree at Leeds College of Music, a state-of-the-art conservatoire. You can find out all about the course on our website and by watching our course film below.

I would also like to invite you to our Folk Showcases which are on: · Wednesday 28th November 6-7pm · Wednesday 6th March 2019, 6-7pm Both events will be followed by a session including staff and student performers. Please do pass on this invite and email to anyone in your networks who may find it of interest. If you have any questions about Leeds College of Music, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Kind Regards, Rachael Sutcliffe Programme Leader, Folk Leeds College of Music  follow link here to watch: Folk Video

Find out more at our Open Day on 5th January Book your place Leeds College of Music 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, UK, LS2 7PD 0113 222 3400

Extent Autumn 2018 published

Editor Anthony Keen has just released the new issue of Extent, featuring information on the 2019 season of Folk Camps, an update on the Party Band Project progress over its first year, report of the 50th anniversary celebrations, and creative work inspired by Folk Camping experiences, great and small! Download it here. Printed copies can be supplied from the office for those who don’t use email or web. To request a printed copy please contact the office:

EFDSS trainee vacancy (22 Oct last day)

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is looking to appoint a trainee to work with the folk dance tutor in our weekly English social folk dance class.

The traineeship is part of EFDSS’ on-going commitment to develop good practice and skills in English social folk dance. We are looking for an aspiring folk dance tutor / caller who wishes to develop their teaching and calling skills, increase their knowledge of dances and their historical context, and who would benefit from assisting a professional tutor.

Visit for further information and to apply.

Closing date: Monday 22 October 2018.
Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 8 November 2018.