Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region.
Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events.
Since we launched in 2012 we have worked in association with Oxford City Council, The Ashmolean Museum, Restore (a mental health charity), Cowley Road Carnival, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. In 2014 we worked with the English Folk Dance and Song Society to host a training day for Folk Educators in Oxford.
We are particularly interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the folk arts, and are beginning to address this with events such as a ceilidh for Special Needs Schools as part of Folk Weekend.
If you fancy celebrating Oxford's Christmas Light Night with a good old sing song then look no further - local community choir Rising Voices will be hosting the finale to the Oxford Folk LiveFriday at the Ashmolean, and you're all invited!
We'll be singing five traditional carols - some you may know and others might be new, but don't worry as Rising Voices' director Cat Kelly will be leading a series of workshops throughout the evening to teach each song. You don't need to be able to read music to join in, and you don't need to have any experience of singing in a choir - although there are plenty of harmony lines to try out if you feel confident enough!
You can print out words and music for the five carols by following the links on the right (or above if you are on a mobile device), and you can also listen to recordings of each part. If you know you want to take part it would be helpful to have listened to these beforehand, but it's not essential.
For further information about LiveFriday please visit www.ashmolean.org/livefriday
Folk Arts Oxford Limited is a registered company in England and Wales; company number 7950391.
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