THE SNOWMAN A CAPPELLA op.726 (September 2021)

Created for the BBC Singers
Published by: highbridge music/chester music
Commissioned by: Jonathan Manners on behalf of the BBC
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SATB choir

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Note on Lyrics: Howard Blake
Duration: 26 mins
First Performance: 24th December 2021

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.


24th December 2021 The BBC Singers, conducted by Jonathan Manners, Premiere of this work on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day 2021

A new arrangement of the 26-minute score of the music from the film of 'The Snowman' (1982) based on Howard Blake's arrangement for string quartet opus 612, 2015. Commissioned by the BBC for The BBC Singers, it is  predominently a cappella (unaccompanied) but with some accompanying instrumentation. Arranged by Jonathan Manners with Howard's approval, August-September 2021

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