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12 November at 15.00 in Harpenden, Herts (20 miles from London) - Children's Concert: Animal Magic with full audience participation
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Oct 31, 2005, 7:07 PM

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12 November at 15.00 in Harpenden, Herts (20 miles from London) - Children's Concert: Animal Magic with full audience participation Can't Post

Smile The Lea Singers of Harpenden under their conductor Madeleine Lovell are presenting an afternoon’s entertainment aimed at children from age 5 upwards, to include audience participation, animal face-painting and tea and cake to finish the afternoon.

Shocked This unusual and exciting event will take place in The Chapel, Highfield Oval, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4BX starting at 15.00 and to take part costs just £5 for both adults & children. Phone Liz Keen on 01582-761246 or Email for further details and tickets or visit

The programme will comprise a variety of popular fun works arranged for choir, as well as giving an introduction to classical works on the animal theme. Works to include:
  • The Hippopotomas Song (“Mud, mud, glorious mud”)
  • Nellie the Elephant
  • Tunes from Disney’s Jungle Book
  • The Teddy Bears’s Picnic
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The programme will present a variety of works from all of these sources in a programme designed to get everybody involved.

Unimpressed We have gathered together a great range of animals for this concert, aimed at age 5 upwards. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to participate, and as well as the music there will be some animal face-painting and cake to finish the afternoon.

Whilst the lack of a choral part excludes Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals from our concert, there are plenty of other composers who have looked to represent animals in song. The success of their Hippopotamus Song (“Mud, mud, glorious mud”), featured here, encouraged Michael Flanders and Donald Swann to create an entire Bestiary, ranging from the Sloth to the Elephant.

Rather than this Elephant we will be featuring Nellie. Elsewhere we have included some well-known tunes from Disney’s Jungle Book, alongside the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Old MacDonald had a farm and other children’s favourites such as Chick, Chick, Chicken.

In a rather different genre, many madrigals set words about birds and other animals, an interest sustained in more modern times through Stanford’s The Blue Bird to modern settings such as Tavener’s settings of Blake poems The Lamb and The Tyger and various settings of Shakespeare’s Ye Spotted Snakes.


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