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10 November 2017

There's lots of activity going on around the country this term including a Big Sing event at the home of the project, Snape Maltings, on Friday 17th November.

At Snape Maltings this year we are delighted to be joined by 15 musicians from the Voces Cantabiles Music Foundation, including internationally renowned a cappella ensembles VOCES8 and Apollo5 plus their scholars. 800 students from 21 schools across Suffolk (including primary, high and special educational needs schools) will participate in massed singing activity at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, in the year of its 50th anniversary.

We'll be singing a selection of songs from the Song Bank, including:

Haunted Head - Luke Styles (2017)
Ferrari Mountain - Luke Styles (2017)
Music on the Waters - Jonathan Dove (2016)
From a Railway Carriage - Nico Muhly (2015)
Baskeili - Gwyneth Herbert (2014)
Manin Neighba - Jason Yarde (2014)
Oliver Cromwell - Benjamin Britten (1933-35)
There was a man of Newington - Benjamin Britten (1933-35)

In addition to the massed singing, the event will see performances by professionals, and workshops in breakout spaces, using the Friday Afternoons resources as a starting point and encouraging young people to respond creatively. Three groups of high school students will also be performing their own versions of the Friday Afternoons repertoire.

The event will be filmed and available to watch in the Showcase later this month!

Do you have a singing event coming up? Let us know on our Who's Involved map!

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