Education Overview

Aldeburgh Education sits at the heart of Aldeburgh Music, running a year-round award-winning programme that delivers high quality music projects to young people, amateurs and the local community. After the success of the 2013 Britten Centenary, the department has developed new strands of activity. This includes two major programmes for adults: one for those with or affected by Dementia, and one for those in custody.

The department’s work with young people and schools continues to grow, with our annual A Celebration of Schools’ Music festival now in its 30th year. In addition, Aldeburgh Education has begun a large-scale vocal music programme that engages a diverse range of young people, including NEET, SEN and youth offending, working in both Lowestoft and Ipswich.

It is an exciting time for our national singing project, Friday Afternoons which was launched during the Britten Centenary. Thanks to the support of Arts Council England we are thrilled to be building on the overwhelming success of 2013, each year commissioning a new set of songs and resources. This year’s songs by Jonathan Dove can be found at

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Snape Maltings Concert Hall full of Suffolk school pupils, 'Friday Afternoons' 2013

Aldeburgh Education

Last year 28 projects took place. A total of 337 sessions, involving 80,451 participants, 45,310 audience members and 142 artists.

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2014 - Friday Afternoons was shortlisted for the RPS 'Learning & Participation' Award

2014 - Friday Afternoons was awarded 'Best Digital Resource' in the Music Teacher Awards

2013 - Friday Afternoons won the 'Action for Children's Arts' Award

2010 - Aldeburgh Music’s Media Project won the High Sheriff’s Community Partnership Award for it's work with Lapwing.

2008 - The work of Aldeburgh Education was recognised by the High Sheriff (of Suffolk) Awards. Aldeburgh Education won the overall 'Youth Organisation' award in recognition of our widespread work with young people in Suffolk, tackling anti-social behaviour and crime prevention.

2003 - Aldeburgh Education was part of the team responsible for HMP & YOI Warren Hill, Carlford Unit, winning the Butler Trust Terry Waite Award for work with lifers and long-term prisoners.