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MHF Music Team at Folk Educators Group Meeting in London

Fri, 06 Apr 2012


Just hours after the fantastic Manx Folk Awards had come to a close, Chloe and Breesha jetted off to London to attend the Folk Educators Group conference at Cecil Sharp House and to meet the education team of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Organised by EFDSS, the one day conference focused on ‘folk in schools’ and the Manx Music Development Team was invited to report on the exciting work currently taking place in Isle of Man schools. Other presentations included an update on the National Plan for Music Education, information on the Arts Mark award system for schools, an introduction to the new EFDSS online Morris dance resource and information on the Trinity College diploma in dance teaching. The afternoon concluded with a practical session on teaching ‘rapper’ in schools which Breesha shrewdly avoided (people were safer that way), but saw Chloe entangled with 4 other swordsmen attempting to form a fi ve sword star, coach and horses, puker and a split curly! The Manx Music Development Team also deposited a substantial collection of Manx music and dance books and CDs with the famous Vaughan Williams Memorial Library which is part of the Cecil Sharp House.