Friday Afternoons Project

Young singers from six Derbyshire schools will perform together with others from across the East Midlands in a synchronised concert, part of a national day of performances across the country, funded by Aldeburgh Music.
Friday 20 November 2015
St. Thomas More School
Buxton
Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership and Aldeburgh Music
This event is not open to the public
Friday 20 November 2015
St. Thomas More School
Buxton
Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership and Aldeburgh Music
This event is not open to the public
DDMP Aldeburgh
DDMP Aldeburgh

Friday Afternoons is a UK-wide and international singing project led Aldeburgh Music which has got more than 70,000 young people singing since its launch in 2013. On Friday 20 November 2015 thousands of young people across the country will sing eight new songs especially written for the project by American composer Nico Muhly.

Young singers from six Derbyshire schools − St. Thomas More (Buxton), St. Anne's Catholic Primary (Buxton), Burbage Primary, Bakewell Methodist Junior, Baslow St. Anne's CE Primary and Great Longstone CE Primary − have been learning one of the new songs this term and will come together at St. Thomas More School to perform to each other in a workshop concert.

The young singers will also be performing one of the songs, Rain, as part of a synchronised East Midlands Choir, with schools from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland joining in with a live streaming of our performance in Buxton.

About the Friday Afternoons Project

Taking its name from the set of simple songs the composer Benjamin Britten wrote for his brother's school to sing every Friday, Friday Afternoons is now an annual project championing the joy of collective singing and encouraging as many young people as possible to join in. 

Each year Friday Afternoons commissions a new set of songs and this year Aldeburgh Music has commissioned American composer Nico Muhly to write eight new songs, which schools, choirs and music groups across the country are learning. 

The project culminates in a Big Sing day, when performances take place across the UK. This year's Big Sing takes place on Friday 20 November and events will include performances in individual school classrooms as far apart as Yately in Hampshire and Rochdale in Yorkshire; multi-school performances in association with the music hubs of Cornwall, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland; a London Youth Choir performance with young people from the London Boroughs of Hackney, Camden and Southwark; and large-scale gatherings of up to 20 schools each at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk and Saffron Hall in Essex.

Viewers will be able to watch a selection of the performances taking place across the UK live-streamed at www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk