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A concert piece for children (originally for small orchestra)
Published by: Highbridge Music
Commissioned by: Anne Perreau for the young pianist Maddelena Ho and her sister
Duration: 9 mins
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  • 1: Bye baby bunting
  • 2: Oh dear what can the matter be
  • 3: Pop goes the weasel
  • 4: Sing a song of sixpence
  • 5: Boys & girls come out to play
  • 6: Baa baa black sheep
  • 7: Three blind mice (Frere Jacques)
  • 8: Frere Jacques (Three blind mice)
  • 9: There was a jolly miller
  • 10: Over the hills & far away
  • 11: This old man (Knick knack paddywack)
  • 12: The muffin man
  • 13: Skip to my Lou
  • 14: Bobby Shaftoe
  • 15: The grand old duke of York
  • 16: Oranges & lemons
  • 17: Hush-a-bye-baby
  • 18: Skip to my Lou (again)
  • 19: Hickory-dickory-dock


The published work is arranged with the two players parts one above the other and therefore only one score is needed for performance


29th July 2013
- 5th August 2013
Magdalene Ho, Kuala Lumpur, Johore, Singapore, Penang

An extraordinarily talented young pianist visited Howard Blake in his Kensington studio with a delegation of piano teachers from Malaysia early in 2013. Magdalene Ho will be leaving Malaysia at the end of August to begin at the UK Purcell School and her supporters are preparing for 3 concerts called 'Magdalene and friends' to raise funds to enable her family to be with her. They feel this would be necessary for her personal development as she is only nine! These concerts will feature Magdalene as soloist, as well as her playing some two-piano works and duets, including a new 4-hand version of Nursery Rhyme Overture, specially arranged for her and her young sister. One of the concerts will be in Kuala Lumpur on the 27th of July at which she will play the virtuosic 'Haiku' by Howard Blake, who on June 13th made a short film in his studio talking about her and endorsing her talents - to be shown at these concert events.

Related Works

'*NURSERY RHYME OVERTURE' op.335 (September 1984)
A children's concert work for orchestra (and guessing game)

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