Latest News and Updates

4 July 2017

Charanga have produced new resources for Friday Afternoons based on two of Luke Styles’ songs from All Howl At Once.

The songs ‘Ferrari Mountain’ and ‘Don’t Disturb Me In My Tent’ now both have Charanga’s award-wining interactive resources available to use for free in our Song Bank. Using the new material, your students can learn to sing the songs verse-by-verse and build gradually toward a performance of the whole song.

These two additional resources are designed to assist non-specialist teachers, enabling your class to access the Friday Afternoons songs. A further two additional resources for this year’s songs, created by Charanga, will be available on the Friday Afternoons website soon.

To find out more about Charanga, visit their website

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:

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 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: