THE NEW NATIONAL SONGBOOK op.190 (November 1974)

An entertainment for The Scholars vocal group and ensemble based on the book 'The English Difference' by Paul Jennings and others
Published by: Alfred Lengnick and Co
Commissioned by: David Kingsley /Aurelia Books/Endercom and The Scholars
Instrumentation: 5-part vocal group instr ensemble (vn,C/A,gtr,pno,bass,pc)
Or 5-part vocal group and piano
[Key to Abbreviations]
Note on Lyrics: Texts: lyrics by Howard Blake (Eng) inspired by a book called "The English Difference" by Paul Jennings
Duration: 45 mins
First Performance: Recording at Scorpio Sound June 13-15 with The Scholars and an ensemble directed by HB
Sheet Music Available
Piano / Vocal score for sale
Instrumental parts for sale
Piano / Vocal score for hire
Instrumental parts for hire

piano/vocal score available from Alfred Lengnick & Co
(piano/vocal score and instrumental parts also available from Highbridge)

Recordings Available
The New National Song Book
Released: 1974
Recorded: November 1974
Artists: The Scholars: Shelagh Molyneux soprano, Nigel Dixon alto, Robin Doveton tenor, Michael Leighton Jones baritone, David van Asch bass; Howard Blake piano, plus instrumental ensemble
Available from: Highbridge Music

LP on Firecrest FEU 1002, cover design by Hugh Casson. performed by The Scholars 1975, available from Highbridge

(also issued by DECCA, 1979-1984)


  • 1: We were watching the birds
  • 2: I dont want to be a number
  • 3: Home
  • 4: One of the things
  • 5: Cultivating the land
  • 6: Dressing up
  • 7: My gurus gone away
  • 8: Start a new society
  • 9: People are saying



'The New National Songbook' has discovered a brand new and immensely effective line of satire which should replace all others. It is called the truth.'

Peter Gammond, Hi-Fi News and Record Review, 1/1/1976

Related Autobiography Chapters

Israel, The Piano Quartet, The Remarkable Rocket, The New National Songbook (1974)
'Toccata' for the RPO and 'The Court of Love' for the Queen's Silver Jubilee (1976)

[Back to top]