NYFTE the Charity

Since the team’s inception in 1990, the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England (NYFTE) has existed as a group or club with a passion for teaching and enabling performances of traditional music, song and dance to a group of like-minded young people aged 10 - 18. The current management team took charge in 2019, and has overseen a burgeoning team with a waiting list for the next few years. This year, performance opportunities include(d) DERT (April), Chippenham FF (May), English Country Music Weekend (June), Sidmouth Folk Festival (August) and our own event in Bristol (September).

 

Whilst the organisation worked well up to a point as a “club”, it became apparent that it would benefit from becoming a charity. This more formal legal position brings advantages such as being able to apply for grants to support the increasing costs of membership, equipment and tuition (until now, parents meet the whole cost), being eligible for Gift Aid, reducing venue hire costs etc. The National Youth Folk Troupe of England (NYFTE  – note the subtle difference in the organisation name) was granted charitable status in June 2023 (Charity no. 1203573 - please see here for more information). Since then, a new panel of trustees has been elected. The new trustees include:

 

  • Rhodri Davis
  • Stephanie Andrews
  • Sherry Neyhus
  • Suzanne Ford
  • Aidan Hansell
  • Anne-Marie Coomber
  • Phil Bassindale
  • Lucy Skinner

 

Work has now begun to ensure that the charitable aims and objectives are met.

 

Our charitable aims and objectives are:

 

  • To advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, the art of traditional English dance forms, folk music and folk songs and the culture, history and traditions that accompany such topics through the presentation of public events and performances, workshops and educational activities.

 

  • To advance the education of young people in English folk dances, music and songs.

 

There are still two opportunities to see NYFTE perform this year, at Sidmouth Folk Festival (2-5th August) and at our own concert at Shirehampton Hall in Bristol (21st September). The Shirehampton event is free, but we have limited numbers and so the event will be ticketed. Details on how to reserve a space will be available soon. Beyond this, there is an  exciting calendar of events being planned for next year – watch this space.

 

Recent News

 

2024 saw three NYFTE teams take part in DERT / DERTy in Whitby. Well done to all involved.

 

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The Spring Concert held in Denstone College for the first time was an amazing display of the 2024 repertoire. 

 

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NYFTE is a charity! Whilst this will not outwardly affect the day to day running of the team, it will help us financially and will change things behind the scenes. For more information, please see here.  

 

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We have recently received a donation from Oxfordshire Folk in memory of John Graham. For a brief biography, please see here. Thank you to all involved. 

 

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Many congratulations to the NYFTE Longsword team that came runners up in the 2023 SDU sword dance competition. Read more here.  

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Autumn Newsletter 2023
News and updates from the team about our activities this year.
Autumn 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB

Our leaflet

The NYFTE leaflet
An explanation about NYFTE, what we do and why.
Handout 2020 (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB