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8 January 2016

We would like to offer anyone that has taken part in Friday Afternoons this year a certificate of achievement. These are available to download below. Congratulations to everyone that has taken part!

Download Certifcate .pdf


23 November 2015

Friday 20 November was the Big Sing, the culmination of Friday Afternoons 2015 where a schools across the country (and further afield) sang the new songs by Nico Muhly in events both large and small. We helped a handful of these schools to stream their events live so even more could watch and take part.

Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Here at Snape we had 670 Suffolk school children come and join us in a Big Sing led by Pete Letanka and Paul Whittaker.

The following Suffolk schools took part at the event on site:

  • Alde Valley Academy , Leiston
  • Aldeburgh Primary School
  • The Ashley School, Lowestoft
  • Bacton Primary  School
  • Britannia Primary School, Ipswich
  • East Bergholt Primary School
  • Great Barton Primary School
  • Halifax Primary School, Ipswich
  • Handford Hall Primary School, Ipswich
  • Howard Primary School, Ipswich
  • Nayland Primary School
  • Ringsfield and Brampton Federation
  • Sir John Leman High School, Beccles
  • St Gregory Primary School, Sudbury
  • St Helen’s Primary School, Ipswich
  • St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Bury St Edmunds
  • St Matthew’s Primary School, Ipswich
  • Whitehouse Primary School, Ipswich
  • Wilby Primary School

It was great to see so many children, and teachers having a good time and singing together!

We were also joined by Nico Muhly and Michael Morpurgo. Both took to the stage and talked to the schools about the importance of music in both of their lives.

Michael also presented Cassie White, the winner of the Britten Young Songwriter Competition 2015 with a signed professionally typeset score, and introduced four professional singers who then performed her winning entry to the hall.

Watch the whole performance again below...

Elsewhere in the UK...

Saffron Hall hosted a huge event with Dominic Peckham:

We also streamed groups from around the country. To see their videos, please click here.

These groups were:

  • Cornwall Music Hub
  • St Mary's, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Derbyshire Music Hub
  • London Youth Choir (Hackney Outreach Project)

Other Activity

We also had activity going on further afield, with groups taking place in Croatia and Singapore. You can see other activity that happened on our interactive map. Please let us know if you had your own event, we'd love to hear from you.

Future Events...

We have groups carrying on with Friday Afternoons 2015 into early next year, so keep your eyes peeled for more information about these. We are also releasing new songs for 2016... we don't stop!

12 November 2015

We'd like to announce Cassie White as the winner of this year's Britten's Young Songwriter Competition. Congratulations to Cassie!

Tammas Slater was Highly Commended for his entry. Find out more about both of them below. We were overwhelmed with entries this year, and send out a big thank you to all that took part. We will soon up recordings of both Cassie and Tammas' pieces - so keep your eyes peeled.

Cassie White

Cassie began learning guitar and piano when she was twelve, and started composing music soon after. Although she loves all genres of music, her real love is Musical Theatre, which she came to realise when she was involved in a school production of Les Misérables. From there, she began taking singing lessons, joined the school choir, and became interested in choral music. With the school choir, she has toured Austria and Germany, and will hopefully be touring Prague next year.

Cassie is currently preparing for my Grade 8 Musical Theatre and Piano exams. As well as this and studying for her A Levels, she is also writing a musical which she hopes to have performed one day. Next year Cassie is hoping to study Music at university and develop my compositions there. Outside of music, Cassie enjoys reading, writing, and photography.

Tammas Slater

Tammas Slater studies the piano, organ and composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He passed his DipABRSM diploma on piano at the age of 13 and is currently Organ Scholar at St Margaret’s Church Ilkley. His notable successes this year have been as a winner of the BBC Inspire Composers’ Competition and Regional Winner of the EPTA UK competition.

He has composed for the BBC Singers and the Aurora Orchestra have performed his work at the BBC Proms. He regularly performs and conducts modern and contemporary music, particularly that of fellow students at Chetham’s.  





11 November 2015

We are featuring the East Midlands as the second project in our Close Up series.

Name of Project: East Midlands Sings!

Name of Group: Music Education Hubs East Midlands

Date: 20th November 2015

Venue: Across the East Midlands


Friday Afternoons have been working closely with the East Midland hubs and as a result each of them are holding their own event on the 20th. Each hub has worked with schools around their area to sing all of the songs in the FA15 set. All of the hubs will join together and then, by the magic of technology, they will sing 'Rain' together using our livestream. We're looking forward to seeing the results!