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Friday Afternoons Project Event

Date:
22 November 2013
Venue:
Turner Sims University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Turner Sims Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or email info@turnersims.co.uk .

Event details

A worldwide performance via the internet of young people singing live to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary.

On 22 November 2013 over 100,000 young people across the world will sing Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons on his 100th birthday. In place of our usual lunchtime concert series, 300 children from Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton will sing a selection of the songs from the cycle in a live event streamed from Turner Sims. Their performance will be streamed to other schools across the country, who will join in singing with the final song. The event will also see the premiere of three new short films reflecting the associations of the local area with Britten and his music.

A link to the website from which the concert can be viewed will be available closer to the event.

Please note: This event will only be streamed online - there will be no seating available in Turner Sims to watch this event live.

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 a Friday afternoon.

Full details of the Friday Afternoons Project concert at Turner Sims concert can be found here: http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk/event/turner-sims-concert-hall

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