Nick Tapper from ACE South East came to the Friday Afternoons premiere and wrote a piece for the Arts Council England website.
Latest News and Updates
We are featuring Cantate Youth Choir in our Close-Up series.
Name of Project: Stortford Sings for Friday Afternoons
Name of Group: Cantate Youth Choir
Date: 21st March 2016
Venue: Rhodes Arts Complex
We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Dove will be writing a new set of songs for this year’s Friday Afternoons project, set to specially commissioned texts by Alasdair Middleton. These songs will be released in April, so keep an eye out on our website! Scores, backing tracks and resources will be available on the website free of charge, to support learning of the songs.
We would like to offer anyone that has taken part in Friday Afternoons this year a certificate of achievement. These are available to download below. Congratulations to everyone that has taken part!
Friday 20 November was the Big Sing, the culmination of Friday Afternoons 2015 where a schools across the country (and further afield) sang the new songs by Nico Muhly in events both large and small. We helped a handful of these schools to stream their events live so even more could watch and take part.
Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
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.
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
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
Live Recordings from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Girls' Choir at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Have a listen below!
A note from Paul about signing the Friday Afternoons songs
These signed videos of Nico Muhly's Friday Afternoon songs are primarily in British Sign Language (BSL). In BSL the focus is on the meaning so you'll notice that what you sing may not be the same as what you sign.
In addition, I aim to show musical elements such as rhythm and volume.