Latest News and Updates

17 August 2015

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.

13 August 2015

Paul Whittaker has very kindly created some signed videos for this years Friday Afternoons repertoire which should be appearing on the website shortly. Keep your eyes peeled!

17 July 2015

Last week we ran some very successful workshops at Music for Youth with a mix of both age groups and style. On Tuesday 7th July we were joined by Dominic Peckham who took Nico's original songs and created something unique which the children really enjoyed. On Wednesday, Tom Appleton was taking the workshops, and he taught the children of Brackenfield and Yardley Primary Schools and extremely entertaining warm up. We are looking forward to sharing these with you on our soon to be updated YouTube channel.

16 July 2015

Thank you to Lydia Machell at Prima Vista for all her work on our fantastic Braille scores.

To browse and download these scores for free please click here.

5 June 2015

Friday Afternoons has launched its 2015 Britten Young Songwriter Competition, with young people aged 18 and under invited to submit a new song suitable for children's voices. This year, acclaimed author and poet, Michael Morpurgo, has specially written a poem - Waves of Time: A Song of Southwold - for you to set to music. To find out more about how you can enter, and for the opportunity to have your song professionally recorded and performed live at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, click here.

19 May 2015


Through a generous Exceptional Award from Arts Council England, to support the delivery of Friday Afternoons, Aldeburgh Music has been able to create a £15,000 project fund to enable partners to deliver activity and performance opportunities throughout the year, with a focus on digital delivery, developing artistic talent, and working in areas of low engagement. Groups are invited to apply for awards of up to £2,000. For further information on how to apply, click here.

2 December 2014

Friday 28 November was an amazing day, the culmination of a year's effort by children around the world in learning the new Friday Afternoons songs with performances in school halls, churches, and in one case the Norway Centre for Rock Music.

Here are some of the highlights of this year's event:

27 November 2014

This Friday we welcome 800 Suffolk school pupils to Snape Maltings Concert Hall. They'll be just one of many groups around Europe to sing a selection of new songs written for Friday Afternoons.

You can watch the Aldeburgh Music event at Snape and four others live on the Friday Afternoons and Guardian websites.