We are delighted to announce the launch of the new FolkActive Youth Ensemble, a group for young string players led by Chris Nichols of Threepenny Bit. Sessions will run once a month starting on Sunday 13th January 2019. Find out more…
More than 500 children from 24 primary and secondary schools participated in our Portsmouth Schools Ceilidh programme in October. Read the full story.
Dance the Christmas excesses away to the combined forces of Southampton Folk Orchestra and Four Marks Folk Band at their Winter Warmer dance and concert with expert calling from Jo Harmer guide you through the dances, and short concert spots from each group separately and together.
Saturday 13th January 7.30 – 10.30 pm
Twyford Parish Hall Hazeley Road, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1QY
Light refreshments and soft drinks will be served, bring your own alcohol.
Entry by donation – all money collected will go to the Muze Trust, supporting music education in Zambia
Children and young people from over 20 Portsmouth schools are coming together to play music and dance together at six ceilidhs next week thanks to funding from Portsmouth Music Hub. The annual ceilidhs are well established but there’s a new dimension this year, with musicians as young as 8 years old joining Southampton based Jigfoot to play for the dancing.
Southampton Folk Orchestra join with the Blue Sky Choir in a fundraising concert which will benefit Amnesty International’s Refugee Campaign, the CLEAR charity and Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.
Come along this Tuesday June 20th at 7:30 p.m to Christ Church, Freemantle, Waterloo Road Southampton SO15 3BT map
Entry £5 on the door.
FolkActive are delighted to be part of this year’s New Forest Arts Festival this June! We’ll be teaching and performing at Forest Arts in New Milton as part of their Heathland to Housing Exhibition which documents and celebrates Gypsy communities who have lived for centuries within the New Forest.
Saturday June 10th is a FREE Family Day, Celebrate and Create at which we’ll be running family friendly stepping workshops.
On Thursday June 15th we’ll be part of a performance of “The Hither Side of the Hedge” celebrating the work of Alice Gillington who lived alongside Gypsy families in the New Forest 100 years ago. This follows a rare opportunity to see Romany storyteller Peter Ingram in a one-man show “An Hour of Merriment and Mirth”.
FolkActive will have a stand in Southampton’s West Quay shopping Centre as part of the city’s Dementia Awareness Day on Thursday May 18th. Come along and find out about our Active Ageing sessions. We believe music and dance are real tonics whatever your age! Click here to download our Active Ageing leaflet.
It’s a busy month for members of Southampton Folk Orchestra! As well as playing for the Winter Warmer Dance on Saturday Jan 14th they are also playing for the monthly FolkActive Dance in Freemantle alongside members of Jigfoot. Come along this Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30. for some great dancing to wonderful music!