Children's music by John Whittaker

A] 'Aesop's Fables'

A cantata for Childen’s Choir, Baritione and 7 Professional Musicians. Duration 30 mins. Words by Alf Williams.  Additional Words by *Nia Williams.  Aesop’s Fables was performed by the Oxford Youth Choir (musical director Peps Martin-Smith) in 2004.  Consists of seven sections – each telling a separate fable. Aesop himself (baritone) introduces the stories and make a concluding appearance in the ‘grand finale’ section of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’.  Ideal for a Music Festival performance or as a concert piece for a children’s choir. (Ideal for children ages 7-11. )

The Fox and the Stork*, sung by the Oxford Youth Choir

B] 'In the Days of England Old'

Cantata for Children’s Choir and Saxophone (or Clarinet) Quartet.  Duration 30 mins approx. Arrangements of English Folk Songs. Some linking narration.  The introductory song* has original words by Nia Williams. Ideal for a Music Festival or as a concert piece for a children’s choir. (Suitable for Ages 7-11)

Listen to a live recording of most of the work in a performance by The Oxford Youth Choir:

Overture (on an old Morris tune)
'In The Days of England Old' * / 'The Ploughboy'
'Just As The Tide Was A-Flowing'
'The Jealous Woman'
''O No John'
'Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron'

C]  ‘ Tales of The Greeks’

A stage work for children based on Greek Myths. Words by Oxford-based writer, Nia Williams.
It involves actors, a choir and 10 professional musicians. (Duration 50 mins) The music can also be performed in a modified version as a concert piece with the same instrumentation or with just piano accompaniment (Duration 30 mins.) First performance as a concert piece by the Oxford Youth Choir in 2010.  A staged performance followed at Long Lane Primary School in Tilehurst. (Suitable for Ages 8-12)

D] 'Songs of The Sea'

A cantata for Childen’s Choir and a variety of mainly folk instruments (or just a piano) of old sea songs and shanties. Some short narrations. Duration 25 mins. Ideal for a school or music festival performance. (Suitable for Ages 8-12)

 E]  ‘The Selfish Giant’  – A Childrens’ Opera/Musical (see opera section)

Scores and parts are available to hire for all these works.