Latest News and Updates

14 December 2018

We’re delighted to have three all new songs on their way, which will be launched termly throughout 2019! Next years commissions come from award-winning UK composers and writers. Each composer has spent time at Snape Maltings developing their song, hoping to bring a touch of Suffolk to schools around the country:

Paul Sartin treats us with a reworking of a folksong from field recordings made in Snape and Blaxhall; Cecilia McDowall is working with poet Kate Wakeling to write a song about the pull and mystery of shadows; and John Barber sets a poem by Christina Rossetti with assistance from students at Eyke Primary School.

We're so excited to release all of these songs in 2019 and hope to hear lots of you singing them.

9 November 2018

Project One Dot is an all new, free resource from Snape Maltings’ Friday Afternoons, designed to encourage and support creative vocal work in the KS2 classroom.

Created by Emily Barden and David Ashworth, Project One Dot is an introduction to the Friday Afternoons world, a ‘first steps’ into the resource designed to support quality singing and creative music making in a flexible and adaptable way.

The Project consists of four songs specially chosen from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank, all of which have been classified as ‘one dot’ (easy) in level. Each module contains musical exploration activities and extended creative work, which can be taken as stand-alone ‘mini projects’ or as part of the complete module.

Designed to support teachers to develop the skills of both their students and themselves, the resource provides tips on singing the songs successfully, teachers notes, national curriculum mapping guidance, assessment points and teacher skill development included throughout.

After completing Project One Dot you and your students will have a set of four Friday Afternoons songs to perform, along with original compositions and arrangements devised by your young people.

The free online resource will be supported by a national training programme, all of which will be launched at the Singing Strategy Symposium on Monday 12 November 2018.

12 September 2018

We’re extremely happy to announce a new partnership with Charanga’s VIP Studio Sessions – which give you everything you need to help young people create, produce and release their own music.

VIP brought together a whole host of their favourite up-and-coming Brighton artists to rework four compositions from the 2017 set of Friday Afternoons songs, by Luke Styles with lyrics by Alan McKendrick. VIP has produced four new tracks inspired by chords, melodies and vibes of the originals, remixed parts of them and has asked some of the best up-and-coming talents in our home city of Brighton to write lyrics and songs inspired by the original compositions, each giving their own unique spin and direction to the works.

Listen to the new tracks on SoundCloud:

All the resources you need to create your own remixed versions of the songs will be released later this term.

20 April 2018

This year's all new collection of songs is now available for download from the Song Bank! We’re delighted with the new collection, MAP: Songs for Children Everywhere, written by internationally acclaimed composer and singer-songwriter Errollyn Wallen.

The new songs take inspiration from Wallen's travels over the past year. Every song includes a note from the composer and information about where it was written — including Belize, Crete, Israel, Palestine, and the British Isles, especially featuring Scotland, London and Suffolk.

Full scores, melody scores and backing tracks are now available for download from the website. Recordings and accessibility resources will be added to the website throughout the year.

MAP: Songs for Children Everywhere receives its world premiere at the Albemarle Music Centre in Hull on 11 May 2018. Accompanied by the composer herself, the pieces will be performed by a massed choir in partnership with Hull Music Hub, comprising children from City of Hull Junior Choir and the Hull Choral Union Junior Chorus, Kelvin Hall School, Wold Academy and Hymers College, conducted by Charles MacDougall.