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BBC Philharmonic and the Greater Manchester Music Hub Junior Choirs

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On Friday 22 November, which would have been Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday, BBC Radio 3 will be relocating to Suffolk, the county of Britten’s birth, and will broadcast live from the Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. As part of the broadcast the BBC Philharmonic will perform two songs from Britten’s Friday Afternoons song cycle, in a special 10 minute insert into the programme that comes live from MediaCityUK, Salford. The simple songs, with witty accompaniments, were originally dedicated to Britten’s schoolmaster brother, Robert, and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon. The songs will be performed by six LEA Junior Choirs from the Greater Manchester Music Hub, creating a force of about 200 voices on the day. The project is the culmination of a year-long project conceived by Aldeburgh Music, to highlight the composer’s legacy of work for young people and to encourage more singing in schools. Publishers Boosey & Hawkes partnered with the BBC Philharmonic to commission four new orchestrations of songs from Friday Afternoons that were never previously orchestrated in Britten’s lifetime. The entire song-cycle has been now been re-orchestrated and adapted by Hywel Davies. One of the songs will be premiered live on Radio 3 on Friday 22 November and three will be recorded for broadcast later in the week.


BBC Philharmonic Studio, Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford



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