Join the English Folk Dance and Song Society team at Cecil Sharp House and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
The English Folk Song and Dance Society (EFDSS) strives to attract and appoint top talent to support its development as England’s folk arts development organisation.
EFDSS’ employment opportunities are broad; we offer a diverse range of employment across the Society, as well as within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and at Cecil Sharp House. Find out more about EFDSS
We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process to the highest industry standards. EFDSS welcomes application from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests.
All applicants must complete a standard EFDSS Application Form when applying for a vacancy rather than sending a CV. We don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.
Unless otherwise indicated, our posts are based at Cecil Sharp House, London.
We are seeking an experienced events professional to lead the effective development and delivery of recurring, commercial and charitable hires at Cecil Sharp House. This includes managing its administration, initial contact, event planning and co-ordination of operational delivery.
The VSEM will work closely with the Operations team to ensure the smooth operational running of Cecil Sharp House as both a venue to hire and with its’ own exciting public programme of concerts.
Hours: 35 hours per week, excluding lunch breaks, Monday to Friday.
Usual working hours are 9.30am – 5.30pm but evening and weekend work will be required from time to time
Overtime is not paid but Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) is given
Holidays: 25 days per annum plus statutory public and bank holidays
Pension: Employee/Employer contributory pension scheme
Probation: The post carries a 6 month probationary period.
Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form. CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date is Monday 10 September at 9am. Interviews to be held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 20 September 2018.
We are searching for the next Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble. This is a freelance role for an exceptional folk music performer and educator to lead on the artistic vision of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. With a strong knowledge of English folk and traditional music and excellent facilitation and leadership skills, the Artistic Director will inspire and nurture the young musicians, helping them to explore their creativity and develop their performance, arrangement and leadership skills.
Established in 2016 the Ensemble has achieved many successes with inaugural Artistic Director Sam Sweeney at the helm. Now Sam’s term is coming to an end, it’s time for a new musician to bring their ideas to the programme and take up the exciting opportunity to lead the 2019-20 Ensemble.
The Artistic Director will be responsible for delivering high quality learning experiences for National Youth Folk Ensemble members; devising content for Sampler Days and residential courses across England; advising on music leaders; and collaborating with the young musicians and music leaders to create and arrange repertoire for the Ensemble to perform.
Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date for completed applications is Monday 8 October at 9am.
Interviews and music leading auditions will be held on Sunday 4 November in London.
Volunteering is a great way to support EFDSS and get closer to all things folk. If you are interested in volunteering for us please see below for volunteer opportunities. At Cecil Sharp House we are always on the lookout for more volunteer stewards to help support our concerts, dances and family activities. It’s a fun way to get involved and have a great experience in one of London’s greatest venues.
Our garden is maintained and planted by Permaculture and we welcome volunteers all year round to keep it looking beautiful.
Volunteers are a valuable part of our staff team. If you are enthusiastic about the folk arts, have good verbal communication skills and enjoy being in a creative environment where your contributions can really make a difference then please do get in touch to register your interest.