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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!

27 November 2014

This Friday we welcome 800 Suffolk school pupils to Snape Maltings Concert Hall. They'll be just one of many groups around Europe to sing a selection of new songs written for Friday Afternoons.

You can watch the Aldeburgh Music event at Snape and four others live on the Friday Afternoons and Guardian websites.

11:30am (1:30pm Greek time)
St Catherine's British School, Athens


Aldeburgh Music

12:15pm (1:15pm Belgian time)
The British School of Brussels

Queen’s College Preparatory School

St Wilfrid's CE Primary Academy, Wigan

2 December 2013

We've had many great videos submitted by schools and choirs on and since our event on the 22 November. Here's a selection, showing the diversity of the events and how far and wide it spread;

Meadows Primary School

One of our first events was Meadows Primary School, Melbourne Australia who held their event at 4am(GMT)

Live streaming begins in the UK

In the UK, our first live stream was held at 10.00am by West Sussex Music Service, who had put together a 'virtual choir' from recordings of school children around West Sussex.

Suffolk children sing at Aldeburgh Music

At Aldeburgh Music, where the project began, 650 school children from Suffolk schools sang in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall;

The most northerly event takes place

Our most northerly event took place at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, where local school children gathered to sing

Cambridgeshire Music Service held an event at The Cambridge Corn Exchange

Jersey Academy of Music

While in the south of the UK, Jersey Academy of Music also gave a live-stream of their event

1913 children sang together in Bristol

The largest event of the day was held at Colston Hall in Bristol. There, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra played host to 1913 school children

Friday Afternoons returned to its home in Wales

At the place where Friday Afternoons first took place - Walshaw Lodge, Prestatyn a special rendition of the songs was arranged

More local schools from Suffolk joined in

Sidegate Primary, St. Helen's Primary and St. John's Primary Schools in Ipswich combined for a performance

800 hundred pupils of the Royal Hospital School in London took part

Here's a clip of them singing Old Abram Brown

Ardingly College from West Sussex held an event in their Chapel

Ursulinenschule Koln performed 'Jazz Man'

Complete with one-man band!

America saw events in many places, including:

Greater Baton Rouge Children's Chorus

St. James's Children's Choir in Richmond, Virginia

And that's just a few of the total number of events that happened on or around the Friday 22 November 2013. We can safely say that this was the biggest event of Britten's Centenary, so thanks again to everyone who took part for making it a really special event. It's not too late to upload your own video if you haven't already; if we've missed you out in our round-up, please let us know by dropping us a line via our contact form

23 November 2013

Benjamin Britten -- Friday Afternoons -- Jazz Man

The programme is part of the BRITTEN DAYS in Cologne, with the main festival taking place October 3rd to 6th, the »Friday Afternoons« concert is repeated for Britten's Birthday Party.