Latest News and Updates

5 February 2018

We are delighted to announce that Errollyn Wallen is the composer of 12 new songs for the project in 2018, inspired by her travels around the world.

During her second residency at Snape Maltings in January, the composer worked with young people from the nearby Leiston Primary School, developing her new compositions. On the final day Errollyn and the students visited The Red House, Britten’s home in Aldeburgh, to share snippets of her new works with a small audience.

The new set of songs entitled 'MAP: Songs for children everywhere' will be available to download from the Song Bank in April, and will be premiered at the Albermarle Centre, Hull in May. In partnership with Hull Music Hub, the premiere choir will include young people from The City of Hull Junior Choir, Hull Choral Union Junior Chorus and students from Hull Primary and Secondary Schools.

22 January 2018

This term there are many training opportunities being offered as part of Friday Afternoon Projects. Using a selection of repertoire from the Friday Afternoons Songbank, these sessions have been opened out for teachers and vocal leaders to attend. A great way to kick start the new year!

Choral Leadership at St Paul’s Cathedral

Develop your choral leadership skills at this FREE interactive workshop

Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral
Date:    2nd Feb 2018
Time:    9am  - 3pm
Info:     Delivered by Tom Daggett from St Paul’s Cathedral and Cathy Lamb from Lichfield Cathedral in partnership with Friday Afternoons and the Choir Schools Association

CPD on Key Stage 1 singing and creative music making with Apollo5 vocal ensemble

This FREE session is ideal for any teachers and music coordinators who lead music teaching and activities with Key Stage 1

Venue:  Mayflower Primary School, Upper N St, Poplar, E14 6DU
Date:    Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time:    4.00-6.00pm
Info:    An introduction to using the Friday Afternoon’s free resources in KS1 classroom, led by Apollo5. This will provide an introduction to the resources, warm-ups and how to leading creative response activities with children.
Book:  Please email Alison Porter:

Choral Leadership with London Youth Choir

A series of 2 workshops led by conductors from London Youth Choir, a must for anyone looking to develop their choral leading at KS2 and 3. There is a small fee for each session.

Venue: Gresham Centre, Gresham Street EC2V 7BX
Date: 21st February 2018
Time: 4-6pm
Info: In partnership with London Youth Choir, Greg Beardsall leads this session focused on KS3 Choral Singing and engaging teenagers in singing.

Venue: Gresham Centre, Gresham Street EC2V 7BX
Date: 25th April 2018
Time: 4-6pm
Info:  In partnership with London Youth Choir, Rachel Staunton leads this session focused on developing KS2 singing.

Friday Afternoons at Cumbria Music Hub

Venue: TBC, Cumbria
Date:    Friday 23rd March
Time:    TBC
Info:     A highly practical vocal workshop which will introduce the project, develop vocal leadership skills and explore innovative and exciting ways to use the material and supporting resources to develop creative responses.
Book:  TBC

Friday Afternoons at Sunderland Music Hub

Learn how to use the Friday Afternoons repertoire creatively.

Venue: Oxclose Community Academy, Washington, Tyne and Wear, Sunderland
Date:    Monday 26th March
Time:    4pm - 5:30pm
Book: Contact

Friday Afternoons at Music Partnership North

Learn how to use the Friday Afternoons repertoire creatively in your KS2 classroom.

Venue: East Bedlington Community Centre, Bedlington, Northumberland
Date:    Tuesday 27th March
Time:    2pm - 3pm
Info:     A session at the Music Partnership North Primary Network Day, introducing the Friday Afternoons Song Bank and all you can do with it.
Book:  TBC

Venue: St Joseph's R C Middle School, Hexham, Northumberland
Date:    Tuesday 27th March
Time:    4:15pm - 5:30pm
Info:     A highly practical vocal workshop which will introduce the project, develop vocal leadership skills and explore innovative and exciting ways to use the material and supporting resources to develop creative responses.
Book:  TBC

Friday Afternoons at Expo

We are looking forward to attending the Music and Drama Education Expo later this term. Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music & drama education, runs from 22-23 February 2018. Come and visit us at stand M1!

Visit to get your FREE ticket to this event.

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.