Note on Lyrics: Howard Blake
Duration: 26 mins

All sheet music for "The Snowman" and "Walking In The Air" since 2010 is published and available from Chester Music Ltd, part of The Music Sales Group, It can be purchased online from, or from music retailers.

"Walking In The Air" is also available in a concert piano-only version arranged by the composer direct from Highbridge Music as part of the collection of piano pieces called "Lifecycle", available form Amazon or from Highbridge Music.

Howard Blake describes 25 years of The Snowman animated film and 10 years of The Snowman Stage Show at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End and plays "Walking in the Air". View the recording here.

The classic original Columbia album conducted by Howard Blake with treble soloist Peter Auty and narration by Bernard Cribbins is available from Sony Music Entertainment CDX71116CD, Amazon and retailers.

The 2010 DVD film of The Snowman Live Stage Show narrated by Joanna Lumley is available from Sony Music Entertainment, CDR 81267; also from Amazon and retailers.


15th November 2021
- 25th December 2021
The BBC Singers and Narrator, First performance of this work tba Second performance of this work tba

Howard Blake writes: 'On August 23rd. 2021, Jonathan Manners, director of The BBC Singers, contacted me to ask if I would give my approval to a new arrangement of the complete soundtrack that I originally composed for the 1982, 26-minute animated film 'The Snowman' (op. 310) and for the follow-up CBS-Masterworks album 'The Snowman' for boy soloist, orchestra and narrator (1983 op.323). Jonathan's wish was to turn the work into a 'vocalise'- that is to say a piece of music to be performed by singers only. I had made such an arrangement of the main theme 'Walking in the air' in 2019 and conducted a performance with the choir of St Albans Cathedral with tenor Peter Auty, who back in 1982 had been the original marvellous treble soloist on the world-famous recording of this song. This new 2019 a cappella arrangement of 'Walking in the air' had sounded wonderful and might well have suggested the notion of further development. Jonathan told me that he had also studied my later arrangement of 'The Snowman' for string quartet and narrator (opus 612, 2015) and thought that this scoring for four instruments might somehow be employed in the proposed work, which would be a huge a cappella (unaccompanied) 'vocalise' sung to la,la,la or hummed or even whistled! Whilst not wishing to embark on such an arrangement myself, I gave Jonathan permission to experiment with this idea but expressed the doubt that all the musical features of the score could be thus voiced and suspected Jonathan would have to employ other instruments along with the choir. This turned out to be true and it was then decided that the a cappella arrangement of 'Walking in the air' made for Peter Auty and as heard in  St. Albans Cathedral in 2019 should be used exactly as I had written it, whilst the remaining music would be used in the wordless (a cappella) arrangement just made by Jonathan Manners for the occasion. In this revised form, Chester Music (Wise Music) my publishers of 'The Snowman', have given permission for the completed work to be scheduled for broadcast performance or performances with a celebrity narrator at Christmas 2021 (times to be announced.)




17th December 2018 Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room lunchtime concert including Question and Answer session with the audience 1-2.00pm
30th November 2018

A new audio CD of 'The Snowman' will be released on 30th November 2018 under the Rubicon Classics label, CD number RCD1035. Before he died on March 18th 2018 Sir Ken Dodd recorded a narration for 'The Snowman' (Words and music by Howard Blake).  In the posthumously-released recording The Liverpool String Quartet play a version of the music specially arranged for them by the composer, the song ‘Walking in the air’ sung by James Devlin. ‘The Snowman’ is coupled with Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'. 

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