Latest News and Updates

22 October 2021

We are excited to announce that the next set of Friday Afternoons songs have been written by the brilliant Joanna Lee and Andy Shepherd! Joanna and Andy have written 12 new songs which will be released in 2022.

The world is full of magic
Hiding out of sight
All it takes is wonder
To let our minds take flight

14 May 2021

This afternoon Britten Pears Arts will premiere the ten remaining songs from EVERYTHING by Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen!

The ten new songs will be premiered online at 1pm on the Britten Pears Arts YouTube channel, along with interviews with Russell and Michael. All song resources, including performance and backing tracks, scores and BSL videos are available to download now from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank!

Watch the premiere here -

25 March 2021

New Friday Afternoons songs by composer Russell Hepplewhite with texts by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen to receive online world premiere on 14 May 2021!

EVERYTHING – was due to be premiered in 2020 but had to be postponed because of COVID and only two of the twelve songs were released. The ten unheard Friday Afternoons songs by composer Russell Hepplewhite with texts by renowned children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will now be premiered on 14 May on Britten Pears Arts’ YouTube channel.

28 January 2021

This May we will be premiering the ten remaining songs from EVERYTHING, our newest set written by Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen! The premieres will be held online and will be performed by ten choirs from across the UK and Ireland, selected from our open call in December.

- Amherst School Choir, Kent

- Cornwall County Choirs

- Dublin Youth Choir

- The Grange Choir, Monmouth Boys' Prep

- Lodge Moor Childrens Choir, Sheffield

- The National Youth Choir of Scotland

- Poco Amabile, Cumbria

6 November 2020

Our new set of songs, entitled Everything, has been composed by Russell Hepplewhite, with lyrics by Michael Rosen. We have already released 2 songs, Earth and Language. These two songs were premiered during lockdown in a brilliant digital performance by London Youth Choirs!

22 May 2020

Following the success of Earth, we're releasing Language, the second song from our upcoming collection EVERYTHING by composer Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen.

22 May 2020

"I tried to set the songs so that they could be approached by any child, at any primary school, anywhere..."

15 May 2020

Today we’re delighted to launch Earth, the first song from EVERYTHING, our upcoming collection by composer Russell Hepplewhite, with texts by renowned children’s author and former Children’s Laureate 

30 April 2020

Reflecting on the last year: Ambassadors Update

In this strange time, the Friday Afternoons team have been reflecting over everything that's taken place over the last year and looking ahead to some exciting things we've got coming up. 

In this video, our Ambassadors look at just some of the things that they've enjoyed from 2019 to 2020.

21 November 2019

We’re pleased to announce the relaunch of the Friday Afternoons website today: Benjamin Britten’s Birthday, St Cecilia’s Day and six years after the inaugural Friday Afternoons event.