Virtual music celebration to celebrate birth of composer Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten

Schools across Cambridgeshire are joining forces for a countywide singing project to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten.

The event – Friday Afternoons – is gathering momentum as more schools and organisations become involved in the year of events to mark the composer’s birth in 1913.

Cambridge Corn Exchange will host a large scale workshop and concert on Friday 22 November as part of the Cambridge Music festival. It will be conducted by Lyn Alcantara, a professional singer, conductor and singing teacher.

Every school in Cambridgeshire has been invited to take part by accessing the concert through a website which will broadcast the concert live, streaming it directly into schools to children can take part. Schools should sign up for the streaming through the website www.cambridgeshirefridayafternoons.org.uk and log in from 1.15pm on 22nd November.

Friday Afternoons, a set of 12 songs for choir and piano, is one of Britten’s earliest works for treble voices, written for his brother’s school.

The performance at the Corn Exchange will start at 1.45pm on Friday 22 November.