Latest News and Updates

16 June 2017

The newest additions to the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, written by Luke Styles and Alan McKendrick, will be premiered tomorrow at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk.

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival, the premiere will take part during a concert entitled Golden Vanity, which sees young people from across the country performing Britten’s music alongside new Friday Afternoons commissions and a selection of repertoire from the project over the last 5 years.

Trebles from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School’s Schola Cantorum will premiere All Howl At Once, written by Styles and McKendrick. Eight songs from the set will be performed on stage as part of the concert, directed by Scott Price. The additional four songs from this year’s set, those written in collaboration with groups from around the country, are being premiered in the on-site phone box at Snape Maltings, with information about the group with which the piece was written.

Also forming part of the Golden Vanity Concert is a performance by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s Cambiata Voices, directed by Greg Hallam. Their performance will consist of a selection of 5 songs from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, including Britten’s ‘The Ash Grove’, John Woolrich’s arrangement of ‘The Devil and the Ploughman’, Nico Muhly’s ‘Young and Old’, and Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Little Girl of Rain’ and ‘Mad Moon’.

For more information about the concert and the Aldeburgh Festival, visit: https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/the-golden-vanity/

12 May 2017

The 2017 Project Fund is now available! If you have a Friday Afternoons based project that you would like to run between 1 September 2017 and 31 March 2018, we encourage you to apply.

Last year Friday Afternoons supported 20 projects from organisations across the UK through the Project Fund. This year, a total of £10,000 is available to continue enabling projects to happen. Grants of up to £2000 are available for exceptional applications, with the majority of grants offered being in the region of £1000. The minimum you are able to apply for is £500.

We encourage the use of repertoire from the entirety of the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, including commissions from all years of the project.

Applications open on Friday 12th May 2017 and close on Friday 8th September 2017. Feedback to all applicants will be given no later than 15th September 2017.

Use the links below to download full information and an application form:

Download the Information for Applicants

Download the Application Form

If you are interested in applying to the Project Fund and have ideas that you would like to discuss with the Friday Afternoons team, we encourage you to get in touch. Please email fridayafternoons@snapemaltings.co.uk or call 01728 687163.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

12 April 2017

12 new songs are now available from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank. Eight of the songs have been written by the composer Luke Styles and librettist Alan McKendrick, with four additional songs being created in collaboration with groups of young people across the country. These groups were Elgol Primary School and Bun-sgoil Shlèite, Isle of Skye; Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich; Netley Primary School, London; and Elliott Kendall from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

In these new songs, the fantastical is melded with the mundane in a child’s view of an adult world. Scores and lyrics sheets are now available to download for free, with recordings and additional resources coming soon.

We look forward to seeing groups of young people across the world singing these songs. Some have already been performed by students at Netley Primary School and at the 2017 International Youth Choirs Festival in the Royal Albert Hall. 

The songs will receive their premiere as part of the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings on Saturday 17th June. For tickets, visit the Snape Maltings website: https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/the-golden-vanity/

12 April 2017

Friday Afternoons is delighted to announce new songs coming to the Song Bank from Luke Styles. 

Luke has been working alongside librettist Alan McKendrick on 12 new songs for the Friday Afternoons Song Bank. Eight of the songs have been written by the composer and librettist, with four additional songs being created in collaboration with groups of young people across the country. These groups were: Elgol Primary School and Bun-sgoil Shlèite, Isle of Skye; Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich; Netley Primary School, London; and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Styles reflects on writing the songs:

‘These Friday Afternoons songs have enabled me to embrace the fun, nonsense, humour, darkness and playfulness of a young person’s fantasy world. One takes the everyday of homework and turns it into a parade of monsters while others investigate and poke fun at annual celebrations of Valentines and Easter.

Young voices have an immediacy to them that we as adults can’t help but be drawn in by. When this is coupled with fantastical story telling through song, young people can make the absurd believable and both the ludicrous and banal exciting. I have worked closely with the writer Alan McKendrick on this approach and he has created texts which facilitate the flights of fancy of both my own musical imagination and the young people’s.

I have consciously reflected on Britten’s set of Friday Afternoons songs and included in my set two rounds and a number of technical procedures that work so well for young singers (and old ones too) in Britten’s set of songs. It has been an immense pleasure to compose this set of songs, to work with fantastic professional artists and a host of enthusiastic and inspiring young people.’

The new songs, subtitled 'All Howl At Once', will be available on the Friday Afternoons website from Friday 21st April.

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