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About Friday Afternoons

Inspired by Benjamin Britten, Friday Afternoons is year-round singing initiative encouraging quality in singing with young people. Our ever-growing Song Bank contains new music and support material to help teachers develop their students’ skills – as performers, listeners and composers.

The Friday Afternoons initiative began in 2013 as part of the celebrations for Benjamin Britten’s centenary. What was initially just a Suffolk project became regional, then national, then global, and on Friday 22 November 2013, there were close to 70,000 young people from around the world singing one or more of Britten’s songs.

Friday Afternoons now commissions new repertoire every year for children’s voices, with a whole host of resources available for free on the website, including teaching and accessibility resources to help as many people as possible engage with the songs.

With support from:

The Bernarr Rainbow Trust

Cambridge Assessment

The Doric Charitable Trust

The Sackler Trust

and a syndicate of individuals