On Friday 18 November, 800 children from 23 Suffolk schools will gather in Snape Maltings Concert Hall to sing this year’s set of songs written especially for the Friday Afternoons project by British composer Jonathan Dove with lyrics by Alasdair Middleton.
This is part of Aldeburgh Music’s worldwide initiative encouraging young people to sing.
Friday Afternoons was originally conceived as the culmination of the worldwide 2013 centenary celebrations and takes its name from the set of simple songs the composer Benjamin Britten wrote for his brother’s school to sing every Friday.
Each year Friday Afternoons commissions a new set of songs, over time creating a significant resource of songs especially written for young people’s voices. Now in its fourth year, the annual project champions the joy of collective singing and encourages as many young people as possible to join in.
This year-round singing project culminates in the ‘Big Sing’ day when performances take place across the UK as close to Britten’s birthday as possible.
Participants already involved in this year’s Friday Afternoons come from all parts of the country including music hubs in Nottingham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire; schools in Kent and Leeds; and choirs in Ipswich, Isle of Skye, London and Birmingham.
Viewers will be able to watch a selection of the performances taking place across the world on Friday 18 November live-streamed on the Friday Afternoons website www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk