Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August, Emmaus Youth Village  

Youth Summer School (14 - 20)

Tutors: Ian Stephenson (Director) Daoirí Farrell, Esko Järvelä, Hillary Klug, Leija Lautamaja, Claire Mann, Andy May and Alex Wade


Part of Folkworks Summer Schools

For ages 14-20


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Folkworks Youth Summer School is an inspirational and legendary week of folk music tuition for those aged 14-20. This school is open to any young musician, including singers and dancers who can play at a basic level on their instruments (contact us if you are unsure of your level).

Youth Summer School is a perfect way to get involved with folk music, whether you have played lots already or are totally new to it. It’s a fun week full of tuition, repertoire building, songs, tunes and dancing.

The summer school is based in Emmaus Youth Village, where residential participants stay. Non-residential participants are also welcome and receive lunch and dinner at the School. Our experienced and welcoming pastoral staff look after participants 24/7 and make sure everyone has a good time.

Emmaus Youth Village is a new venue for Youth Summer School, but one we are very excited about. This cabin village gives participants easy access to the outdoors, space to roam, comfortable en-suite accommodation and the opportunity for a camp fire or two!

Youth Summer School participants work towards performances alongside the Junior Summer School participants on the evening of Friday 2 August and will also have an opportunity to perform with all other participants at our farewell picnic on Saturday morning.

Download the Youth Summer School Information Pack

For all enquiries please email [email protected]

What can you learn?

Please see our Tutor Biographies to learn more about our tutors. More tutors will be announced soon.

Participants choose from Two Slots – it’s totally up to you whether you want to learn a Main Instrument and a Band class, or mix things up. Everyone will have the chance to perform at the end of the week.

Slot One
Guitar (Ian Stephenson)
Melodeon (Leija Lautamaja)
Band with Song (Daoiri Farrell)
Improver/Intermediate Fiddle (Esko Jarvela)
Americana Band (Hillary Klug)
Northumbrian Pipes (Andy May)
English Concertina (Alex Wade)
Irish Band (Claire Mann)

Slot Two
Class to be confirmed (Ian Stephenson)
Finnish Band (Leija Lautamaja)
Song (Daoiri Farrell)
Performance Band (Esko Jarvela)
Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle (Hillary Klug)
Northumbrian Band (Andy May)
Northumbrian Band (Alex Wade)
Wind Instruments (Claire Mann)

Youth Summer School Ticket Prices

  • Residential £400
  • Residential Sibling Concession* £361
  • Non Residential £310
  • Non Residential Sibling Concession* £280

*The concession rate applies only to participants with an older sibling attending full price at either Youth or Junior Summer School

We are delighted to be offeing flexible instalment payments. To secure your place you may pay a deposit of £50 per person. The remainder of your payment may be paid as and when you are able (please note that fees must be paid in full before enrolment closes on Monday 8 July). To pay a deposit and begin paying for Folkworks Summer School 2019 please visit or call Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 and we will set this up for you.

Bursaries are available for participants who would not be able to attend without financial support. Please see the bursary information and get in touch with us if you have any concerns. Applications have now closed. We may still be able to accept late applications. Please contact [email protected] to find out more. 

How to Book

Step 1 – Payment
Click the ‘book tickets’ box on the top right hand side and follow the instructions to make your payment. You will then receive a confirmation email with your order number.

Step 2 – Enrolment
Complete the enrolment form at the bottom of this page and click the ‘submit’ box. A confirmation message will appear at the bottom of the page indicating that we have received your form.

Tickets can also be purchased from Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. Instalment payments can also be set up with Ticket Office.

Enrollment now closed – please email [email protected]