Hazel Askew is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and Teacher from London, creating music inspired by the folk traditions of England and beyond.

Hazel Askew

An experienced folk music educator, Hazel is passionate about sharing folk music with people of all ages and abilities. As a singing and instrumental teacher/workshop leader she is always adapting herself to the different ways people learn and pushing herself to develop new methods of teaching musical skills. Hazel also believes it’s important to share the stories and culture that are part of folk music, and her enthusiasm and love for these traditions always shines through. Most importantly, she believes that the learning and exploring of music should be an enjoyable and friendly experience!


Hazel loves singing with big groups of people and encouraging people to explore their voices in a welcoming environment. For the past few years she has led the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)’s singing class at their Saturday Folk Music School and has also led their Monday Folk Choir, as well as workshops for the Cecil Sharp House Choir. She developed and led Dartington Summer School’s first ever folk singing course and recently led a day of workshop for Exeter School Choirs Festival. She also regularly leads singing workshops at folk festivals across the country.


Hazel is one of the country’s leading melodeon players and is one of the few people teaching melodeon in the UK. She leads classes for EFDSS’s Saturday Folk Music School, developed the melodeon classes for Folkworks Tuesdays at The Sage Gateshead and has taught on Folkworks Absolute Beginner’s Day. Hazel also teaches freelance workshops and one to one lessons, and has even taught long-distance over Skype!


Hazel is an inspiring school’s workshop leader and often works with young people. She regularly leads workshops at both primary and secondary level for EFDSS and led one of their groundbreaking education projects celebrating the release of The Full English online archive of folk songs (nominated for Best Musical Initiative Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence). She recently created and led a cross arts pop up show for Barbican Creative Learning and toured many Ark Schools teaching traditional songs. She has also worked for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and taught for EFDSS’s Get Your Folk On youth summer schools.

"Hazel worked with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning to design and lead an interactive performance to introduce primary school children to Alan Lomax's archive of folk, blues and gospel music. She responded impressively to the brief, contributing her strong creative ideas and knowledge of folk song to the project, and working openly and collaboratively with musicians from different genres. During the performances, Hazel showed that she is a natural educator who is engaging and responsive and has a clear passion for sharing folk traditions with young people." Sarah Jones, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning

For more information about Hazel's education work or to enquire about possible workshops/lessons, please use the form on the contact page

Photo: Camilla Greenwell for Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning.

Hazel is a natural educator who is engaging and responsive and has a clear passion for sharing folk traditions."
Sarah Jones, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning