A) 'Aesop's Fables ' - A cantata for Childen's Choir, Baritione and 7 Professional Musicians. Duration 30 mins. Suitable for children ages 7-11. 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.
Parts are available to hire for this and other works, more details sent via contact page.
Click on the play button below to hear 'The Fox and the Stork', sung by the Oxford Youth Choir:
Click on the play button below to hear 'The Greedy Dog'
Click on the play button to hear 'The Vain Jackdaw'
b) 'In the Days of England Old' - Cantata for Childen's Choir and Saxophone (or Clarinet ) Quartet. Duration 30 mins approx. Arrangements of English Folk- Songs. Some linking narration. 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)
Click on the play button below to hear the last section of this piece: 'Dashing Away with 'The Smoothing Iron' sung by the Oxford Youth Choir accompanied by a saxophone quartet.
c) 'Tales of The Greeks' - A stage work for children involving actors, a choir and 10 professional musicians. Duration 55 mins. Words by *Nia Williams. Suitable for a children's opera / drama group production / an ambitious school production. (Suitable for Ages 9-11)
d) 'Songs of The Sea' - 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 operas)
*link for Nia Williams (www.niawilliams.com)