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Friday Afternoons 2016 Premiere

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.”

Hedley Swain, Area Direcor, South East, Arts Council England

The set of songs called 'Seasons and Charms' was created by Jonathan Dove with specially written texts by Alasdair Middleton. The songs include Mad Moon, Fire! and The Little Girl of Rain. The performance was signed by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, conducted by Greg Hallam and accompanied by Ruairi Edwards.

Ann Barkway, Project Manager, Friday Afternoons, said: “Now in its fourth year, Friday Afternoons has become a regular fixture in the choral calendar, and we are delighted this year to have commissioned Jonathan Dove to write a new set of songs. The premiere performance, given by the National Youth Boys' Choir and conducted by Greg Hallam, was a wonderful opportunity to hear the new songs, and to witness the enthusiasm of the boys in performing them. We hope that, through free downloads of the songs and supporting resources available from fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk, teachers and choir leaders around the UK will explore this new repertoire, and find an opportunity to get involved through performing, creating and listening. Everybody is welcome to take part!”

The new songs will be available from our website soon, but in the mean time you are able to download materials for more than forty songs from our website.