Latest News and Updates

26 July 2019

It's time for us to introduce to you our all-new Ambassadors: Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Emily Barden, Charles MacDougall, Charlotte Brosnan and Tom Appleton.

This new team has a vast amount of experience directing, workshopping, teaching and coaching singing with a wide variety of young people and their leaders. As Friday Afternoons Ambassadors, they will help develop and deliver new training programmes, create new content for our website, act as an advisory group for the team at Snape Maltings, and represent the project across the country.

We're so excited to have this team on board, supporting the ongoing development and delivery of the Friday Afternoons project. You'll see them at a number of events over the next year, so do take the opportunity to find out more about what's going on in the world of Friday Afternoons.

12 July 2019

We're looking for a group of aspiring vocal leaders to take part in this year’s Young Leadership Course, which looks specifically at directing young voices. The course will take place over two residential weekends in September 2019 and January 2020, and taking part will equip you with the skills needed to confidently lead singing sessions with young people.

This course has been co-curated by Snape Maltings and The Come and Sing Company. Course tutors include leading directors, singers, animateurs and tutors Tom Appleton, Emily Barden, Ellie Bowers-Jolley, Charlotte Brosnan, Charles MacDougall and Ula Weber.

The course is open to anyone living in the UK aged 18-25 on Friday 13 September 2019. There are nine places available on this years course, which will take place at Snape Maltings and in the local area. The course is free of charge, but participants must arrange and cover the cost of travel to and from Snape Maltings for the courses.

Applications close Monday 29 July 2019. Applicants will be notified by Friday 2 August 2019.

For full information, please dowload this information pack. 

To apply for a place on the course, please complete this form.

 

7 June 2019

We are excited to launch our second song of 2019, Shadow-Maker, by composer Cecilia McDowall and poet Kate Wakeling.

The words and music, both commissioned by Snape Maltings for the Friday Afternoons project, explores the pull and mystery of shadows.

All the resources you need to sing this song are now available from our Song Bank. We're looking forward to hearing it performed by young people around the world.

The Premiere

The premiere of this song took place on Wednesday 27 March at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, conducted by Sam Gladstone. The piece was performed by singers from Radley College, Headington School, John Mason School, Desborough College, Radley Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, Dunmore Primary, Caldecott Primary and Sunningwell Primary, in an afternoon concert alongside The King's Singers.

Pictures of the event are available via the Radley College twitter feed. Our enormous thanks to all involved.

The Recordings

The resources available for this song include brilliant recordings and backing tracks, designed to support teachers and young people around the country to learn and perform them. Enormous thanks to our excellent performers, and to Mike Challis who created the recordings.

The performance track was recorded by Farnham Youth Choirs - Junior Choir, conducted by Patrick Barrett and accompanied by Anthony Merryweather.

The backing track was recorded by Nathan Williamson in Benjamin Britten's Library at the Red House in Aldeburgh, thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation.

8 March 2019

We're pleased and delighted today to launch our first new song of 2019: the traditional Pleasant and Delightful, arranged by Paul Sartin.

This song was arranged from field recordings made at the Snape Crown and Blaxhall Ship Inn, near Snape Maltings, by Neil Lanham of the traditional singer Jumbo Brightwell.

All the resources you need to sing this song are now available from our Song Bank. We're so excited to launch this song and can't wait to hear it performed by young people around the country!

The Premiere

The premiere of this song took place on Monday 4 March at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, as part of the week-long Celebration festival. The brilliant 90-strong Hadleigh Primary School choir performed the first performance on the main concert hall stage with their fantastic teachers Mrs Rankin and Mrs Broadbent, to a packed audience of 800 people.

Support for this premiere was given by Tom Appleton from the Come and Sing Company. Our thanks to all those involved in a spectacular first performance.

The Recordings

The resources available for this song include brilliant recordings and backing tracks, designed to support teachers and young people around the country to learn and perform them. Enormous thanks to our excellent performers, and to Mike Challis who created the recordings.

The performance track was recorded by Farnham Youth Choirs - Junior Choir, conducted by Patrick Barrett and accompanied by Anthony Merryweather.

The backing track was recorded by Nathan Williamson in Benjamin Britten's Library at the Red House in Aldeburgh, thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation.

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