With Health and Wellbeing being at the forefront of everyone’s minds, this piece allows the darkness in and embraces it. As lyricist Kate Wakeling writes: ‘I tried to take my shadow off, I pulled the stitches free, but found I missed the darkness, for my shadow’s part of me.’

Vocal difficulty: 3 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 3 of 5


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A spotlight on Kate Wakeling, featuring A Day in the Life of a Writer and an interview with Emily Barden.

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Lyric video for Shadow-Maker by Cecilia McDowall and Kate Wakeling.


These songs are great for Key Stage Three. There is something for everyone from vocal percussion, unison singing, 2–4-part rounds and 2-part harmony singing, we hope you enjoy!

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Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charlotte Brosnan shares some performance skills tips.

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Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Cecilia McDowall

Words by
Kate Wakeling

Performance track:
Performed by the Farnham Youth Choirs - Junior Choir
Directed by Patrick Barrett
Accompanied by Anthony Merryweather
Recorded by Mike Challis
Backing track:
Performed by Nathan Williamson
Recorded by Mike Challis