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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.

Each year we stream a small number of performances on our website, so that more people from around the world can enjoy the global celebrations. Tomorrow we have three live streams on our website, which you’ll be able to watch here:

11:00am (GMT) Normoyle Primary School (Missionvale), Port Elizabeth, South Africa (supported by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
12:00pm Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk
3:30pm Penylan House Residential Home, Cardiff (supported by Live Music Now and Gregynog Festival)

Please do watch these streams and let us know if you’re joining in. We’ll be tweeting all day @FridayPMs.

Other performances around the country include the Young Norfolk Arts Chorus in Great Yarmouth, Presteigne Festival in Wales, Rutland Music Hub’s concert at Oakham Chapel, St Peters Middle School in Old Windsor and St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Addlestone.

We know that many more groups across the country are joining in, so don’t forget to add your own pin to the map on our website:

We hope that you enjoy the day and have a chance to watch some of the celebrations live or online. Best of luck to all those taking part in events tomorrow – thank you for joining our world of song!

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.

Shortlists for each of the awards can be viewed here:

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:

- West Sussex Music Trust is working with 12 schools in Crawley, giving each a Friday Afternoons song to explore and a genre to adapt the song into; 
- Young Norfolk Arts Trust is working with choirs in Great Yarmouth and Norfolk to create a performance of the Friday Afternoons songs on 18th November; 
- David Ashworth is creating online training materials for this year's Friday Afternoons Songs;
- Saffron Hall is developing a vocal programme for schools in Braintree, and a project focused on creative response for schools in Uttlesford;
- Sectio Aurea is using the Friday Afternoons songs to build a term's worth of work with year 7 students at the new International Academy of Greenwich;
- Rutland Music Hub is delivering workshops in low-engagement primary schools, focussing on healthy vocal technique.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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.

For each of the songs, the resources allow students to learn about the composer, explore their own reactions to the music through listening and appraising exercises, learn to sing the song verse-by-verse, and finally perform the song using helpful lyric highlighting and automated page turns.

The resources are suitable for both generalist and specialist teachers, and can be easily accessed for free by logging on to our Song Bank – let us know what you think of them!