North Yorkshire children to perform in an online folk concert

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Published at 8:34am 21st February 2019. (Updated at 9:59am 21st February 2019)

Schools across North Yorkshire invited to attend top folk concert – while sitting in their classrooms!

  • School children across North Yorkshire are getting involved in an online music concert.
  • Today students in Settle will be taking part in an event run by the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
  • The concert can be watched online - with other schools across the region being encouraged to log on.

Schools across North Yorkshire are invited to enjoy a free online concert celebrating folk and traditional music with talented young musicians.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble, and one of the UK’s finest folk bands – Leveret – will be taking part today (21 February), from 1.15 – 3pm.

The performance will be broadcast live from Giggleswick School in Settle, North Yorkshire, where 150 pupils from the surrounding area will be in the audience.

To tune in, schools simply go to in order to take part via their classroom whiteboards.

Youth music charity NYMAZ has teamed up with English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and North Yorkshire Music Hub to present the live-streamed performance to schools across the country.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Sarah McWatt, Director of NYMAZ, explains:

“We are thrilled that we are able to reach classrooms right across the UK and introduce young people to folk music in such an engaging way. We are committed to not only increasing musical opportunities for young people but also ensuring they are exposed to a huge range of musical styles, traditions and cultures.”

In the first half of the concert, from 1.15 – 2pm, the National Youth Folk Ensemble will perform a special, interactive concert which will introduce pupils to folk music, traditions and instruments as well as a lively repertoire of favourite folk tunes.

The Ensemble consists of nineteen talented folk musicians aged 14 to 18 from across England who come together to create and perform, as well as to bring folk music to new audiences. 

15-year-old Theo from Knaresborough is part of the ensemble - he said:

"I have vague family connections with folk music through Scottish and English folk music so have got involved through that way.

"I really enjoy being part of the ensemble as there is a wide variety of instruments to try out and do different things with."

In the second half, from 2.15pm – 3pm, the acclaimed contemporary folk ensemble, Leveret, will take to the stage. 

It is the first in a series planned for 2019 as part of the Connect: Resound project which uses technology to create more music education and enrichment opportunities for children living in rurally isolated areas where transport times, costs and logistics challenge traditional methods of provision. 

There is a free learning pack aimed at Key Stages 2, 3, and 4 available for teachers to download here.

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