Latest News and Updates

3 November 2016

Friday Afternoons is delighted to have been nominated for the Best Musical Initiative Award at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. The winners will be announced on 9 February 2017 and will be chosen by an experienced panel of judges.

Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service, the award recognises initiatives that have made a sustained contribution to the musical achievement of a significant number of people.

7 October 2016

The deadline for this year's Project Fund is only two weeks away.

The fund, made possible by a grant from Arts Council England, enables you to apply for up to £2,000 support for your own Friday Afternoons project.

This month we have approved two further applications, making a total of six organisations who are receiving support so far:

5 August 2016

All of the Interactive Charanga resources for this year’s songs are now available on the Friday Afternoons website.

Every year since 2013 the team at Charanga has produced excellent resources for primary school teachers to explore the repertoire and learn the songs with their classes. This year, resources have been created for six of the songs written by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton: Three Birds, Little Girl of Rain, Laura, Fast Car, This is the Bird, and Snow.

28 July 2016

We are happy to announce that notes are available for all signed videos of this year's songs, composed by Jonathan Dove. The notes, written by Dr Paul Whittaker, detail decisions he made in producing the videos and how to sign the songs.

The signed videos and their individual notes can be found in the Song Bank, but here is an introductory note from Paul on signing the songs.

13 May 2016

Project Fund 2016


15 April 2016

We are very pleased to announce the relaunch of the Friday Afternoons website.

This will now provide you with easier access to our songs and resources. It also includes sheet music and performance tracks of ‘Seasons and Charms’, this year’s new set of songs which has been specially commissioned from Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton.

The site also has three new sections:

13 April 2016

On Sunday the boys from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain performed the new set of songs for the Friday Afternoons project.

“The Friday Afternoons project continues to go from strength-to-strength and we are really pleased to be able to support it. Each year the team produce fresh and exciting new songs for children and young people to enjoy. But more than that, they also provide the resources teachers need to make that process fun and interactive.”

13 April 2016

Nick Tapper from ACE South East came to the Friday Afternoons premiere and wrote a piece for the Arts Council England website.

Click here to read it!

7 April 2016

We are featuring Cantate Youth Choir in our Close-Up series.

Name of Project: Stortford Sings for Friday Afternoons

Name of Group: Cantate Youth Choir

Date: 21st March 2016

Venue: Rhodes Arts Complex


15 February 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Dove will be writing a new set of songs for this year’s Friday Afternoons project, set to specially commissioned texts by Alasdair Middleton. These songs will be released in April, so keep an eye out on our website! Scores, backing tracks and resources will be available on the website free of charge, to support learning of the songs.