Friday Afternoons is an international singing project led by Aldeburgh Music, culminating on Britten’s birthday – 22 November 2013.
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 aFriday 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.
This website is available, free of charge, to aid the teaching of Friday Afternoons, and to put the songs into context. You will find lesson plans, downloadable scores and backing tracks, easy ensemble arrangements, biographical information, a photo archive and interactive timeline, and much more…