We are excited to announce that the next set of Friday Afternoons songs have been written by the brilliant Joanna Lee and Andy Shepherd!
Joanna and Andy have written 12 new songs which will be released in 2022.
The world is full of magic
Hiding out of sight
All it takes is wonder
To let our minds take flight
Taking inspiration from the magic, wonder and warmth of Andy’s ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ series, our songs take you soaring through a fun and engaging variety of music, text and movement. They’ll inspire you to sing, move and smile, to allow your imagination to take flight and to look for the magic in you and your everyday world.
From a lyrical lullaby, to a clapping song about friends sticking together, a parachute song that flies sky high, an up-roar-ious musical feast of edible onomatopoeia and an explosive beatboxing song we hope to…
Let your daydreams take you
Somewhere bold and bright
Let the magic blossom
Like a flower in the light
- Andy Shepherd
Described by The Guardian as ‘a considerable talent’, performances of Joanna Lee’s works include London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Singers, Opéra National de Paris, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Proms, Orchestra of the Swan, Nicholas Daniel, Royal Swedish Opera and Aldeburgh Festival. She composed English National Opera’s first children’s opera (2014) directed by Katie Mitchell, a community opera (2017) for 1,000 performers for Surrey Arts, and a second children’s opera (2019) for Opera Up Close that toured to 70 UK theatres and schools. She has received two Proms commissions, including a work for BCMG to mark Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday, recordings of her work by London Symphony Orchestra and NMC, and a commission for Aldeburgh Music Club to celebrate 60 years since their founding by Benjamin Britten, which was also performed for Aldeburgh’s Britten Centenary celebrations. Joanna gained a PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and was awarded Honorary Membership for outstanding achievement. She was tutored by Oliver Knussen, Richard Causton, Edwin Roxburgh and Joe Cutler. Joanna was BCMG Apprentice Composer-in-Residence 2012/13 and studied on the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition course, LSO Panufnik scheme, Jerwood Opera Writing Course and at L'Académie du Festival d’Aix. She was shortlisted for a British Composer Award and awarded the PRSF Composers’ Fund, John Clementi Collard Fellowship and Stephen Oliver Award.
Andy Shepherd is the author of the best-selling children’s book series ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’. The first book in the series was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards and was longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and are being developed for television by Adastra Development in partnership with Lime Pictures. She is one of the contributors to ‘The Book of Hopes’ edited by Katherine Rundell and ‘Swallowed by a Whale - How to Survive the Writing Life’ edited by Huw Lewis-Jones. She lives near Cambridge and, having grown up on the coast, spends most of her spare time trying to work out how to move this beautiful city closer to the sea. Her favourite word is ‘serendipitous’, because not only is it a lovely word to say, but it hints at the magic in the everyday world. Disclaimer - all dragon-growing is undertaken entirely at the grower’s own risk and Andy cannot be held responsible for any damage your dragon may cause!