Latest News and Updates

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.

12 May 2017

The 2017 Project Fund is now available! If you have a Friday Afternoons based project that you would like to run between 1 September 2017 and 31 March 2018, we encourage you to apply.

Last year Friday Afternoons supported 20 projects from organisations across the UK through the Project Fund. This year, a total of £10,000 is available to continue enabling projects to happen. Grants of up to £2000 are available for exceptional applications, with the majority of grants offered being in the region of £1000. The minimum you are able to apply for is £500.

12 April 2017

12 new songs are now available from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank. Eight of the songs have been written by the composer Luke Styles and librettist Alan McKendrick, with four additional songs being created in collaboration with groups of young people across the country. These groups were Elgol Primary School and Bun-sgoil Shlèite, Isle of Skye; Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich; Netley Primary School, London; and Elliott Kendall from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

12 April 2017

Friday Afternoons is delighted to announce new songs coming to the Song Bank from Luke Styles. 

17 March 2017

David Ashworth has created a number of resources around Jonathan Dove's Friday Afternoons songs for the Share section of the Friday Afternoons website.

1 February 2017

We are delighted to release brand new resources for the Friday Afternoons project: Figurenotes.

Figurenotes is a form of notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. First created in Finland at the Resonaari Music School, Figurenotes has been further developed by Drake Music Scotland and is now used world-wide.

31 January 2017

On 19th and 20th January 2017, Snape Maltings welcomed six composition students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for a residency hosted by Friday Afternoons on Composing for Childrens' Voices.

During their time in the peaceful surroundings of Snape Maltings, the students were fully submerged in the world of Benjamin Britten, visiting all the spaces surrounding his fantastic concert hall and also paying a visit to his home at The Red House in Aldeburgh.

16 December 2016

"Bit of a mission, but I love the idea that every child on the Isle of Skye will have had an injection of Friday Afternoons singing!"Ann Barkway, Project Manager

1 December 2016

It's been two weeks since the 2016 international culmination day for Friday Afternoons, and we're so delighted that so many groups from across the world decided to get involved on the day.

17 November 2016

Tomorrow, Friday 18th November 2016, Friday Afternoons celebrates another year of the project with groups of people across the country. Our annual culmination day sees performances of the repertoire around the world on the Friday closest to Benjamin Britten’s birthday.

The home of the Friday Afternoons project is Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and tomorrow we will be hosting our annual Big Sing event, bringing together almost 800 children from Suffolk to sing this year’s set of songs, written by Jonathan Dove with lyrics by Alasdair Middleton.