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Reflection - Friday Afternoons Celebrations 2016

1 December 2016

It's been two weeks since the 2016 international culmination day for Friday Afternoons, and we're so delighted that so many groups from across the world decided to get involved on the day. Young and not-so-young people gathered in song to celebrate by singing selections from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, and plenty of people have been uploading their events to the Who's Involved section of the website, and sending their videos to be uploaded to the Showcase.

At Snape Maltings we were lucky enough to be joined by this year's composer Jonathan Dove, who joined 800 children singing his compositions in the marvellous concert hall, established by the composer who inspired the whole project, Benjamin Britten.

BBC Radio 4's Front Row ran a feature on the project, which can still be listened to here. Jonathan Dove also wrote an excellent blog post for the day with his top tips on writing for children's voices - this can be read on the Guardian website.

If you held an event this year and haven't yet put a pin on our map, please do. If you have any recordings, send them in by emailing fridayafternoons@snapemaltings.co.uk. Below you can watch videos of some events that happened across the world!

Penylan House Residential Home
Residents of Penylan House Residential Home, Cardiff were treated to a visit from Live Music Now artists who led them in a session featuring music from the Friday Afternoons repertoire, supported by Gregynog Festival.

Normoyle Primary School, South Africa
Children from Normoyle Primary School in South Africa performed a selection of Friday Afternoons and traditional songs at a concert in the Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Rutland Music Hub
A performance of the repertoire took place in Oakham School Chapel, marking the culmination of Rutland Music Hub's project with local primary school children.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall
The annual Big Sing held at Snape Maltings, home of Aldeburgh Music, with 800 pupils from Suffolk schools.

Young Norfolk Arts
Students from schools in Great Yarmouth and the Young Norfolk Chorus came together to join in the national celebrations and sing Friday Afternoons songs at the Wharf Academy.

Thanks to all those who took part in the day of celebrations and for supporting the Friday Afternoons project.