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22 September 2017

This year Friday Afternoons are delighted support 15 organisations to deliver exceptional activity with young people. Find out more about the organisations and projects we are supporting below.

Barnet Education Arts Trust are working with students and teachers at one secondary and four feeder primary schools on the One Voice Connects choral outreach initiative.

Come and Sing Company are working with 5 schools in Bury St Edmunds towards a massed choir event at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, supporting teacher skill development through CPD.

David Ross Education Trust are developing their Singing Schools Programme, working with schools in Grimsby, Corby, Grantham and Northampton to icrease musical engagement and confidence among pupils and staff.

HMDT Music are running projects across their Saturday Programme to reinforce a love of singing, explore composition and develop creative responses to music from the Song Bank.

Live Music Now are running an intergenerational singing project involving children from schools in the Denbighshire area and residents at Walshaw Lodge residential home.

London Youth Choir are delivering the Aspire programme to primary schools in Barnet and Harrow, developing their musical skills and helping the students to gain Arts Award Discover.

MusicShare are working with six schools in the Staffordshire/Stoke on Trent area towards a joint performance of the original Friday Afternoons songs.

Nottingham Cathedral are working with local schools to encourage good vocal technique and develop musicianship skills for choral singing, running CPD sessions for music teachers and an event involving all schools at the Cathedral.

Saffron Hall are running two mass participation vocal events for KS2 children and their teachers. The teachers will also be exploring creative use of the repertoire and singing & wellbeing in CPD sessions.

SoundArtRadio are working with three schools in Dartington to prepare for a festive pageant in the town in January 2018.

Southend Youth Choirs are working with their 16+ aged singers to developing their music leadership skills, giving them the chance to work with younger singingers towards a performance.

St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral are delivering a CPD day at St Paul’s Cathedral including interactive workshops involving two groups of children of different age groups and abilities and running workshops in four schools in Westminster towards a collaborative performance. 

Sutton Coldfield Choirs are working with students and staff at schools in the area toward a performance in Spring 2018.

Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service are working with KS1 teachers and students on a project run by Apollo5 toward a performance on International Make Music Day. 

Voices Foundation are working with DRET Primary Schools, CET Secondary Schools and Sunderland Music Hub to encourage children and young people to sing, and inspire and train primary and secondary teachers.

11 August 2017

The Friday Afternoons project fund is available to schools and organisations across the country to enable top-quality projects with young people using the repertoire and resources in the Song Bank.

Last year the Project Fund supported activity from 20 organisations across the country. This year a total of £10,000 is available, and with grants of up to £2,000 available for exceptional projects/applications. Most grants we offer are in the region of £1,000.

The deadline to apply for this year’s project fund is Friday 8th September.

To find out more about the Project Fund and how to apply, download the information pack on our website. If you would like to discuss your application with us, please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you about your exciting Friday Afternoons project.

4 July 2017

Charanga have produced new resources for Friday Afternoons based on two of Luke Styles’ songs from All Howl At Once.

The songs ‘Ferrari Mountain’ and ‘Don’t Disturb Me In My Tent’ now both have Charanga’s award-wining interactive resources available to use for free in our Song Bank. Using the new material, your students can learn to sing the songs verse-by-verse and build gradually toward a performance of the whole song.

These two additional resources are designed to assist non-specialist teachers, enabling your class to access the Friday Afternoons songs. A further two additional resources for this year’s songs, created by Charanga, will be available on the Friday Afternoons website soon.

To find out more about Charanga, visit their website

16 June 2017

The newest additions to the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, written by Luke Styles and Alan McKendrick, will be premiered tomorrow at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk.

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival, the premiere will take part during a concert entitled Golden Vanity, which sees young people from across the country performing Britten’s music alongside new Friday Afternoons commissions and a selection of repertoire from the project over the last 5 years.

Trebles from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School’s Schola Cantorum will premiere All Howl At Once, written by Styles and McKendrick. Eight songs from the set will be performed on stage as part of the concert, directed by Scott Price. The additional four songs from this year’s set, those written in collaboration with groups from around the country, are being premiered in the on-site phone box at Snape Maltings, with information about the group with which the piece was written.

Also forming part of the Golden Vanity Concert is a performance by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s Cambiata Voices, directed by Greg Hallam. Their performance will consist of a selection of 5 songs from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, including Britten’s ‘The Ash Grove’, John Woolrich’s arrangement of ‘The Devil and the Ploughman’, Nico Muhly’s ‘Young and Old’, and Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Little Girl of Rain’ and ‘Mad Moon’.

For more information about the concert and the Aldeburgh Festival, visit: