Last week we ran some very successful workshops at Music for Youth with a mix of both age groups and style. On Tuesday 7th July we were joined by Dominic Peckham who took Nico's original songs and created something unique which the children really enjoyed. On Wednesday, Tom Appleton was taking the workshops, and he taught the children of Brackenfield and Yardley Primary Schools and extremely entertaining warm up. We are looking forward to sharing these with you on our soon to be updated YouTube channel.
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Thank you to Lydia Machell at Prima Vista for all her work on our fantastic Braille scores.
To browse and download these scores for free please click here.
Friday Afternoons has launched its 2015 Britten Young Songwriter Competition, with young people aged 18 and under invited to submit a new song suitable for children's voices. This year, acclaimed author and poet, Michael Morpurgo, has specially written a poem - Waves of Time: A Song of Southwold - for you to set to music. To find out more about how you can enter, and for the opportunity to have your song professionally recorded and performed live at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, click here.
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Through a generous Exceptional Award from Arts Council England, to support the delivery of Friday Afternoons, Aldeburgh Music has been able to create a £15,000 project fund to enable partners to deliver activity and performance opportunities throughout the year, with a focus on digital delivery, developing artistic talent, and working in areas of low engagement. Groups are invited to apply for awards of up to £2,000. For further information on how to apply, click here.
Friday 28 November was an amazing day, the culmination of a year's effort by children around the world in learning the new Friday Afternoons songs with performances in school halls, churches, and in one case the Norway Centre for Rock Music.
Here are some of the highlights of this year's event:
This Friday we welcome 800 Suffolk school pupils to Snape Maltings Concert Hall. They'll be just one of many groups around Europe to sing a selection of new songs written for Friday Afternoons.
You can watch the Aldeburgh Music event at Snape and four others live on the Friday Afternoons and Guardian websites.
We've had many great videos submitted by schools and choirs on and since our event on the 22 November. Here's a selection, showing the diversity of the events and how far and wide it spread;
Meadows Primary School
One of our first events was Meadows Primary School, Melbourne Australia who held their event at 4am(GMT)
The programme is part of the BRITTEN DAYS in Cologne, with the main festival taking place October 3rd to 6th, the »Friday Afternoons« concert is repeated for Britten's Birthday Party.