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Big Sing pupils bring Aldeburgh Music project to stirring close

PUBLISHED: 10:20 25 November 2015

Schoolchildren from around Suffolk sing during a live streaming event for the Friday Afternoons project at Snape Maltings

Schoolchildren from around Suffolk sing during a live streaming event for the Friday Afternoons project at Snape Maltings

Hundreds of children joined in song for the culmination of a project which has gone global since launching in Suffolk two years ago.

Friday Afternoons, which began as part of centenary celebrations for Aldeburgh Music founder Benjamin Britten, closed in rousing style with 670 pupils joining the Big Sing, led by Pete Letanka and Paul Whittaker at Snape Maltings.

Across the country, and further afield, children sang original songs, specially commissioned by Aldeburgh Music and supplied free to schools, along with scores, lyrics, audio tracks, interactive resources, braille scores and signed videos.

The climax of the project, made possible by an Arts Council award, also featured talks by composer Nico Muhly and children’s writer Michael Morpurgo about the importance of music in their lives.

Four professional singers then performed the work of Britten Young Songwriter Competition winner, Cassie White.

Two people have been arrested after a double stabbing at a bungalow in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Westbourne area of Ipswich.

Two people suffered the effects of cold after their dinghy capsized in water off Wrabness, near Harwich.

The manager of an Essex pub that has been banned from holding outdoor music events due to noise complaints has spoken of the “ongoing battle” staff have faced with neighbours and councillors.

A former Suffolk Sea Cadet instructor who was given a suspended prison sentence after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl has been locked up for six months after he broke a court order banning him from having unsupervised contact with any other young girls.

Arthur Scoffield cried when he watched Saving Private Ryan at the cinema. The horrific realism of war depicted by Steven Spielberg perhaps got the better of the proud old Ipswich soldier.

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she would rather be “waiting for a phone call than not” despite the agony of what news from the landfill site means.

A campaign aiming to raise £40,000 towards the creation of a law centre in Suffolk has received a cash boost from two companies.

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