Friday-Afternoons-logoCambridgeshire’s Virtual Celebration

Cambridgeshire Music Partnership invites you to join a Huge Countywide Singing Project in your own school


‘Friday Afternoons’ is gathering momentum and more organisations are getting involved as we approach Britten’s Big Birthday Sing – the climax of a year of events to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, on Friday 22 November 2013. 

“I believe that an artist should be part of his community, should work for it, with it and be used by it…”
Benjamin Britten, 1968

There will be a large scale workshop and concert in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday 22nd November 2013 as part of Cambridge Music Festival, conducted by Lyn Alcántara, professional singer, conductor and singing teacher. Every school in Cambridgeshire is encouraged to take part and access the concert through this discrete website.  The concert will be broadcast the concert live, and streamed straight to your school enabling you to sing the songs as part of Cambridge Music Festival. This one-off celebration of Benjamin Britten’s piece could make every school in Cambridgeshire a Singing School.

What is Friday Afternoons?

Friday Afternoons is a set of 12 songs composed by Benjamin Britten between 1933 and 1935. The simple songs, with witty piano accompaniments, are dedicated to Britten’s schoolmaster brother, Robert, and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon.
Based on this set of songs, and forming part of Aldeburgh Music’s Britten Centenary programme and the worldwide Britten 100 celebrations, Aldeburgh Music has conceived this year-long project to highlight the composer’s legacy of work for young people and to encourage more singing in schools. It culminates on Friday 22 November 2013, when tens of thousands of people from across the UK will join together to sing the songs.