Cecil Sharpe House
Cecil Sharp House is many, many things, but has its heart steeped in English folk traditions. The iconic Grade II listed venue is owned and run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and serves as a memorial to folk music and dance collector Cecil Sharp. As an arts centre, Cecil Sharp House reaches a diverse audience by setting up art events, music nights, and housing the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, England’s national collection of folk music and dance.
An interesting mix of performances make up the House’s agenda, with acts like Mumford and Sons, Goldfrapp and Laura Marling, as well as barn dances, traditional folk luminaries and the EFDSS’s very own choir singing a capella folk and traditional songs from England and the wider British Isles. The choir is un-auditioned – so everyone is welcome!
The House’s visual arts programme focuses on encouraging the relationships between traditional folk arts and contemporary arts practice, including performance, textiles, illustration, painting and comics. They welcome exhibition proposals from all areas of artistic production.
One of the most legendary and historic venues in London, Cecil Sharp House has served as a location for films, television programmes and fashion shoots and is a popular spot for weddings and receptions. Their library houses a broad collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, press cuttings, broadsides, paintings, photographs, slides, artefacts, records, reel-to-reel tapes, phonograph cylinders, videos, cine films, compact discs, audio cassettes and more.
Throughout the day the House’s café serves delicious meals and snacks, from a changing, seasonal menu. They even provide catering!