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12 November 2015

We'd like to announce Cassie White as the winner of this year's Britten's Young Songwriter Competition. Congratulations to Cassie!

Tammas Slater was Highly Commended for his entry. Find out more about both of them below. We were overwhelmed with entries this year, and send out a big thank you to all that took part. We will soon up recordings of both Cassie and Tammas' pieces - so keep your eyes peeled.

Cassie White

Cassie began learning guitar and piano when she was twelve, and started composing music soon after. Although she loves all genres of music, her real love is Musical Theatre, which she came to realise when she was involved in a school production of Les Misérables. From there, she began taking singing lessons, joined the school choir, and became interested in choral music. With the school choir, she has toured Austria and Germany, and will hopefully be touring Prague next year.

Cassie is currently preparing for my Grade 8 Musical Theatre and Piano exams. As well as this and studying for her A Levels, she is also writing a musical which she hopes to have performed one day. Next year Cassie is hoping to study Music at university and develop my compositions there. Outside of music, Cassie enjoys reading, writing, and photography.

Tammas Slater

Tammas Slater studies the piano, organ and composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He passed his DipABRSM diploma on piano at the age of 13 and is currently Organ Scholar at St Margaret’s Church Ilkley. His notable successes this year have been as a winner of the BBC Inspire Composers’ Competition and Regional Winner of the EPTA UK competition.

He has composed for the BBC Singers and the Aurora Orchestra have performed his work at the BBC Proms. He regularly performs and conducts modern and contemporary music, particularly that of fellow students at Chetham’s.  





11 November 2015

We are featuring the East Midlands as the second project in our Close Up series.

Name of Project: East Midlands Sings!

Name of Group: Music Education Hubs East Midlands

Date: 20th November 2015

Venue: Across the East Midlands


Friday Afternoons have been working closely with the East Midland hubs and as a result each of them are holding their own event on the 20th. Each hub has worked with schools around their area to sing all of the songs in the FA15 set. All of the hubs will join together and then, by the magic of technology, they will sing 'Rain' together using our livestream. We're looking forward to seeing the results!

27 October 2015

As November nears, and projects are well underway we have decided to give some examples of the types of activity going on as part of the Friday Afternoons project this year in a series of 'Close-Ups'.

Name of Project: Little Britten

Name of Group: Cambridgeshire Music Singing Team

Date: 9th November 2015

Venue: Cambridge Corn Exchange


16 schools from the Cambridgeshire area will join together for a concert at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge to be part of the Friday Afternoons project. The repertoire for this concert will include works from the Friday Afternoons Project (2013/2014), The Bird Song (Nico Muhly 2015), and pieces from Britten’s extensive catalogue written specifically for children’s voices.

Students will have the opportunity to learn some of his most well-known pieces with their own music teacher / choir leader and then share this with singers from across the region in a joint choral performance at the Corn Exchange on Monday 9th November, 2-3pm.


12 October 2015

Live Recordings from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Girls' Choir at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Have a listen below!