SNOWMAN FULL LENGTH STRING QUARTET (with Catalan narration) op.612a (December 2015)

Published by: Chester Music
Commissioned by: Jorde Borras
Instrumentation: string quartet and narrator

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Note on Lyrics: narration by Howard Blake
Duration: 26 mins
First Performance: This arrangement was made for the Liverpool String Quartet and first performed in Poblet Monastery Catalanya on Dec 7th 2015 and Basilica of Manrese Dec 8th narrated by Joame Comas
Sheet Music Available
Full score for sale
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Instrumental parts for hire

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.

Recordings Available
The Snowman - London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: May 2006
Artists: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Jarvis (narrator), David Parry (conductor)

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.


3rd January 2019
- 7th January 2019
Ana Puche lyric soprano,The Liverpool String Quartet with Nelia Sanxiz flute , Joan Segui organ. Concert produced by Ars Aurea Sonora (director Jordi Borras) with the support of 'Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Cultura,

Three concerts on 3, 4 and 6 January 2019 with music by Howard Blake in the vicinity of Tarragona: Les Borges, La Selva and Montblanc. Programme including a new song 'La Meva Terra'  for soprano, flute, string quartet and organ, Ana Puche soprano and The Liverpool String Quartet with Nelia Sanxis (flute) who will also play the solo part in performances of the Flute Quintet. Also featuring The Snowman narrated by Jaume Comas', 'A Month in the Country' for string quartet and a virtuoso solo organ piece originally composed for the great organist Dame Gillian Weir - 'The Rise of the House of Usher'. played in La Selva by young Catalan organist Joan Segui

21st December 2015 Liverpool String Quartet, The Nordic Church, Liverpool City Centre
7th December 2015
- 8th December 2015
The Liverpool String Quartet with Jaume Comas as narrator of The Snowman. Concerts produced by Ars Aurea Sonora (director Jordi Borras) with the support of 'Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Cultura, 7th December Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet. 8th December Manresa Cathedral
6th December 2014 The Goldfield Ensemble,

The event given in this splendidly-refurbished Arts Centre near Cambridge began with an interview conducted by Christine Talbot Cooper in which Howard at some points illustrated his music at the piano, giving a complete performance of 'Impromptu' from 'Lifecycle'. The Goldfield Ensemble then played his 'String Trio' and 'Piano Quartet' and after an interval the first performance of an arrangement of his 'Sleepwalking' for clarinet, cello and piano was followed by Mozart's clarinet quintet with Kate Romano clarinet, Toby Turton cello and Richard Utley piano.

5th December 2014
- 7th December 2014
Goldfield Ensemble, St Andrews Church, Stapleford, Cambridge

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