"Bit of a mission, but I love the idea that every child on the Isle of Skye will have had an injection of Friday Afternoons singing!" – Ann Barkway, Project Manager
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It's been two weeks since the 2016 international culmination day for Friday Afternoons, and we're so delighted that so many groups from across the world decided to get involved on the day.
Tomorrow, Friday 18th November 2016, Friday Afternoons celebrates another year of the project with groups of people across the country. Our annual culmination day sees performances of the repertoire around the world on the Friday closest to Benjamin Britten’s birthday.
The home of the Friday Afternoons project is Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and tomorrow we will be hosting our annual Big Sing event, bringing together almost 800 children from Suffolk to sing this year’s set of songs, written by Jonathan Dove with lyrics by Alasdair Middleton.
Friday Afternoons is delighted to have been nominated for the Best Musical Initiative Award at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. The winners will be announced on 9 February 2017 and will be chosen by an experienced panel of judges.
Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service, the award recognises initiatives that have made a sustained contribution to the musical achievement of a significant number of people.
The deadline for this year's Project Fund is only two weeks away.
The fund, made possible by a grant from Arts Council England, enables you to apply for up to £2,000 support for your own Friday Afternoons project.
This month we have approved two further applications, making a total of six organisations who are receiving support so far:
All of the Interactive Charanga resources for this year’s songs are now available on the Friday Afternoons website.
Every year since 2013 the team at Charanga has produced excellent resources for primary school teachers to explore the repertoire and learn the songs with their classes. This year, resources have been created for six of the songs written by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton: Three Birds, Little Girl of Rain, Laura, Fast Car, This is the Bird, and Snow.
See also: Introduction to the 2018 signed songs
An introductory note from Paul on signing the songs:
We are very pleased to announce the relaunch of the Friday Afternoons website.
This will now provide you with easier access to our songs and resources. It also includes sheet music and performance tracks of ‘Seasons and Charms’, this year’s new set of songs which has been specially commissioned from Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton.
The site also has three new sections:
On Sunday the boys from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain performed the new set of songs for the Friday Afternoons project.
“The Friday Afternoons project continues to go from strength-to-strength and we are really pleased to be able to support it. Each year the team produce fresh and exciting new songs for children and young people to enjoy. But more than that, they also provide the resources teachers need to make that process fun and interactive.”