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Friday Afternoons arose out the the the worldwide 2013 Britten centenary celebrations and takes its name from the set of simple songs the Britten wrote for his brother’s school to sing every Friday. Each year Friday Afternoons commissions a new set of songs, creating a significant resource of songs written for young people’s voices. Now in its fourth year, the annual project champions the joy of collective singing and encourages as many young people as possible to join in. It culminates in the Big Sing day when performances take place across the UK as close to Britten’s birthday (22 November) as possible.
A selection of performances of Jonathan Dove's new songs from across the UK will be live streamed on the Friday Afternoons website on 18 November 2016. The website also includes the resources needed to learn the songs, including scores, recordings, teaching resources and interactive material from Charanga, available for free download.