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5 June 2015

Friday Afternoons has launched its 2015 Britten Young Songwriter Competition, with young people aged 18 and under invited to submit a new song suitable for children's voices. This year, acclaimed author and poet, Michael Morpurgo, has specially written a poem - Waves of Time: A Song of Southwold - for you to set to music. To find out more about how you can enter, and for the opportunity to have your song professionally recorded and performed live at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, click here.

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.