Junior Orchestra

Character guitar
Affordable and flexible music for your primary school ensemble

Finding suitable material for young children who are relatively inexperienced on their instruments can be quite a challenge, but it is important to get them playing in a group as soon as possible. My arrangements and compositions are truly flexible and will work with virtually any number of participants playing pretty much any selection of instruments you might find in a primary school. The recordings are just intended to give you an idea of what a piece might sound like.

I have included parts for as many instruments as possible (they do not necessarily all appear in the score if two instruments are doubled), including all woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, classroom percussion, harp and guitar. There is a straightforward piano part for the teacher or an assistant.

If you think I have not quite covered all eventualities, please feel free to offer some feedback!

Dead Dog Boogie

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'Dead Dog' is actually a kind of chocolate cake and nothing whatsoever to do with domesticated quadrupeds (in spite of the picture on the cover!) This piece was conceived for a junior orchestra workshop day.

33 Parts for £10·00

All Through the Night

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You almost certainly will not need all the parts provided with this arrangement! As with all of my Junior Orchestra pieces, it is designed to work with minimal forces – the large number of parts provided is intended to cover all eventualities – you never know what instruments might be lurking in the music room cupboard or if a member of staff happens to play the baritone sax! All you need is the teacher's piano part and any of the melody instruments.

39 Parts for £10·00

Barcarolle (Offenbach)

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This arrangement is intended to offer maximum flexibility for virtually any group of inexperienced instrumentalists.

37 Parts for £10·00

Breakdown Blues

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I wrote Breakdown Blues to use on an inter-schools orchestral playing day.

34 Parts for £10·00

Allegro (from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons)

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This arrangement of Vivaldi’s famous melody is intended for a mixture of beginners and more intermediate players; fingerings or slide positions are given in some parts, and it should be possible to find a part to suit most young players.

38 Parts for £10·00