The Big Sing at Snape Maltings is the home event of the Friday Afternoons project, born out of the Britten Centenary celebrations in 2013. During our Big Sing events at Snape Maltings, we fill the Concert Hall with young people from across Suffolk. Children and teachers gather to sing through a selection of songs as part of a massed choir.
This year the Big Sing will be held on Friday 17 November 2023 and we will sing a collection of songs from the Friday Afternoons Song Bank. As well as a day of singing at Snape Maltings, the project includes a CPD session for teachers and a workshop in your school prior to the event.
Please note if you are taking part in person you will need to provide your own transport to/from Snape Maltings.
Following the huge amount of interest we had to take part in this year’s Big Sing at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, we have decided to live stream the event. This means that schools across Suffolk and beyond can take part in the event virtually, singing along from their school halls.
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Big Sing is kindly supported by Mila Charitable Organisation and O & C Butcher.
Watch the 2018 event
On Friday 16 November, 800 young people from 24 schools across Suffolk gathered in Snape Maltings Concert Hall to take part in the Big Sing, led by Charles MacDougall, Charlotte Brosnan and Sally Egan.
Joined and accompanied by the composer herself, this year we sang through Errollyn Wallen‘s commissions for Friday Afternoons: MAP: Songs for Children Everywhere. In the lead up to this event, teachers from all schools attended training events on quality singing, and each school received a visit from the Big Sing team.
Watch the 2017 event
The 2017 Big Sing at Snape Maltings was led by 15 musicians from the Voces Cantabiles Music Foundation, including internationally renowned a cappella ensembles VOCES8 and Apollo5 plus their scholars.
800 students from 21 schools across Suffolk, including primary, high and special schools participated in massed singing activity at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, in the year of its 50th anniversary, performing songs from the Song Bank including pieces by Luke Styles, Jonathan Dove (2016), Nico Muhly (2015), Gwyneth Herbert, Jason Yarde (2014) and Benjamin Britten’s original songs. In addition, the event saw performances by the professionals and workshops in breakout spaces, using the Friday Afternoons resources as a starting point and encouraging young people to respond creatively.