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19 May 2015

Friday Afternoons has recently received an Arts Council England Exceptional Award of £200,000 (50% of the total required) to support Aldeburgh Music’s aim of building Friday Afternoons into the leading resource and network for singing with children and young people by 2025. Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “Friday Afternoons was a wonderful success as part of the Britten Centenary and we are really pleased to be able to support its continuation with an Exceptional Award. The development of Friday Afternoons will put in place the support, training and high quality materials required to ensure more children and young people in England have the chance to become involved in and enjoy singing.”

19 May 2015


Through a generous Exceptional Award from Arts Council England, to support the delivery of Friday Afternoons, Aldeburgh Music has been able to create a £15,000 project fund to enable partners to deliver activity and performance opportunities throughout the year, with a focus on digital delivery, developing artistic talent, and working in areas of low engagement. Groups are invited to apply for awards of up to £2,000. For further information on how to apply, click here.

2 December 2014

Friday 28 November was an amazing day, the culmination of a year's effort by children around the world in learning the new Friday Afternoons songs with performances in school halls, churches, and in one case the Norway Centre for Rock Music.

Here are some of the highlights of this year's event:

Thursday 27th

Tom Service previewed the event in The Guardian calling it "a manifestly and undeniably Good Thing"

Queen's College Preparatory School were lucky enough to be invited onto BBC's In Tune programme to perform a couple of this year's songs live on the radio:

If you live in the UK, you can listen back to the whole programme via the BBC Iplayer.

Friday 28th

On the day itself we had choirs all over the UK and abroad taking part, with choirs in Greece, Norway, Brussels and the United States also involved.

Excitingly, several schools agreed to live-stream their events during the day, along with our own event taking place in Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

The first event to stream was the St Catherine's School in Athens; you can listen back to their performance here:

Meanwhile at Snape, preparations were underway for the event in Snape Maltings Concert Hall:

Just after 12.00pm our live stream here in Snape began

You can watch the Snape Maltings Concert Hall event back here:

Soon after things got underway here in Snape, it was the turn of Brussels to begin:

Watch the live stream of Brussels here:


With Brussels and Snape coming to a close, the next live stream from Queen's College Preparatory School in London was about to start:

Watch Queen's College live stream

Soon after Queen's College finished, St Wilfrids College in Wigan were getting ready to start their stream:

Watch St Wilfrid's performance:

And we were lucky enough to have a performance from Norway, which you can see here:

Many thanks to all schools and groups who took part. We're delighted that this brand new set of songs was so enthusiastically taken on and has inspired so many of you to learn more about singing and to sing together which is what Friday Afternoons is all about. If you haven't yet taken part in Friday Afternoons, all the learning resources for this year's and last year's songs are still available on the site; whether or not you are able to take part in our annual day, the songs are fun way to get young people singing together.

Next year

2015 will see a whole new set of songs, and the return of our annual singing day in November. Look out for an announcement early in the new year - to keep updated on new developments, you can follow us on twitter or just sign up for an account on our website.

Until next year, keep on singing!