Repertoire Search

Herbert Chappell

Publisher: Novello & Co

Paddington Bear's First Concert (1984),
Text Writer
Michael Bond
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1984
Duration
28 Minutes
Language
English, German
Soloist
narrator
Alternate Orchestration
narrator; 1(pic)11(asx)1/1100/2perc/hp[pf]/str


Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales
 
Full Score Full Score

Programme Note
Herbert Chappell Paddington Bear's First Concert (1984),
PADDINGTON BEAR'S FIRST CONCERT

In the autumn of 1974 Michael Bond, the author of the Paddington Bear stories, asked me to write a tune for a short cartoon-film. This I was delighted to do, for I had long been a devoted admirer of Paddington. The film turned out well and so we sat down and wrote a stage musical about the famous bear, completing it in time for Christmas. The musical was first performed in London at the Duke of York's Theatre and has since become very popular. Similarly, over the years, the original five-minute cartoon film has led to some six dozen others, plus several television 'specials'. It was therefore inevitable that sooner or later Paddington would invade the world of classical music, so we wrote PADDINGTON IN CONCERT for story-teller and orchestra. For those interested in such matters, all the musical material grows out of the first two bars of the Paddington theme - a step-wise climb of a fourth followed by a drop of a seventh.

I conducted the Premiere with the London Concert Orchestra on 3 January 1986 at the Barbican - or Bearbican as the building became known thereafter; 'Teddy Bears Concerts' where thousands of children bring their furry friends, have become immensely popular.

Any moment now we shall no doubt write a Paddington son-et-lumière and a Paddington underwater ballet. Meanwhile, I have made a piano transcription for occasions when you have no symphony orchestra handy.

Herbert Chappell



Translation into German and reduction in instrumental forces by Wolfgang Renz.

  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Stephen Fry, narrator
    Conductor
    Barry Wordsworth
Performances
Date
Title
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Please fill in this form to receive regular news




Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2014 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.