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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Snape Maltings announces 2017 Friday Afternoons event

10:54, 18th October 2017

This year’s Friday Afternoons Big Sing will take place at Snape Maltings on 17 November.

The event will be led by 15 musicians from the Voces Cantabiles Music Foundation, including VOCES8 and Apollo5 plus their scholars.

800 students from 21 schools across Suffolk, including primary, high and special educational needs schools, will participate in massed singing activity at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

They will perform pieces from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank by Luke Styles, Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly, Gwyneth Herbert and Jason Yarde, as well as Benjamin Britten’s original Friday Afternoons songs.

The event will also include performances by the professionals and workshops in breakout spaces, using the Friday Afternoons resources as a starting point.

Originally conceived as the culmination of the worldwide 2013 Britten centenary celebrations, taking its name from the set of simple songs the composer wrote for his brother’s school, Friday Afternoons is a singing project led by Snape Maltings which has involved more than 80,000 young people since its launch in 2013.

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 fifth year, the annual project champions the joy of collective singing and encourages as many young people as possible to join in. Composer Luke Styles has written this year’s new set with librettist Alan McKendrick, which were premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in June.

All the resources to learn the songs, including scores, recordings, teaching resources and interactive material from Charanga, are available to download free of charge online.

Participants involved in this year’s Friday Afternoons celebrations come from across the UK, including Music Education Hubs, schools and arts organisations from Nottingham, Saffron Walden, Sevenoaks, Aberdeenshire, Wakefield, Ryedale and London.

Viewers will be able to watch a selection of the performances taking place across the UK on the Friday Afternoons website at a later date.


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