Playing with the stars

Surrey Arts Playing with the Stars 2017

Music for all with Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

18 June 2017 at Dorking Halls

  • Morning Session:  Workshop at 10am with Concert at 1pm
  • Afternoon Session: Workshop at 3pm with Concert at 6pm

Surrey Arts are delighted to welcome The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble led by Joe Broughton to Dorking Halls for a day of workshops for students of all orchestral instruments, vocalists and acoustic guitars.

The workshops will be followed by a performance where The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble will play and lead our students in performances to demonstrate their achievements from the session.

With 50 members in the live, touring outfit, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble are the UK’s premiere folk big band. Whilst the band members are mostly in their 20s, the band actually celebrates its 20th year anniversary this year.

Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, five cello players, four percussionists and three electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, even a harp! They also all sing too.

Though rooted in traditional folk tunes, each member brings a variety of personal influences to the set-list, which ranges from full-on rock grooves, funk, jazz, hip-hop, ska and reggae, to gentle ballads and sounds from Eastern Europe and Asia.

‘An entire festival in two hours’ is one popular description of the ensemble as the musicians play, sing and leap about, performing together and also in various duos, trios and smaller break-out mini-groups.

As Joe stresses: “The shows are ridiculously energetic.”

This workshop and concert day will be open to ANY orchestral instrumentalist of school age (under 18). All experience levels welcome.

The day will feature 2 workshops and concerts.

Each workshop is sure to be great fun and will introduce our young musicians to the wonderful and creative world of folk music.

Registration has now closed for this year

For further details, please email Mark Cardy at

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