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About Friday Afternoons

Friday Afternoons was conceived as part of the Centenary celebrations of Snape Maltings (formerly Aldeburgh Music) founder, the composer, Benjamin Britten, with the initial aim of encouraging children and young people to sing. Since 2013, there have been more than 80,000 participants, from all around the world.

Snape Maltings is now committed to commissioning new songs on an annual basis, creating a song bank of repertoire for children and young people's voices. For each of the songs, teachers and choir leaders will find all of the resources required to take part on the website, completely free of charge. These include scores, lyrics, audio tracks, interactive resources from Charanga Music, Braille scores and signed videos.

We are thrilled that Jonathan Dove has written 12 new songs for the project with specially commissioned texts by Alasdair Middleton. These are now available from our Song Bank.

Friday Afternoons is made possible by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award.

With support from:

The Boltini Trust

Garfield Weston

The Sackler Trust

The Doric Charitable Trust

and a syndicate of individuals