A revised version of the Birmingham Rep 1993 Production
Published by: Chester Music
Commissioned by: Birmingham Rep
Instrumentation: Flute=picc,Oboe=CA,Clarinet=b/clar,bassoon; horn,trumpet; percussion; piano; string synthesizer/harp

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Note on Lyrics: Lyrics and script by Howard Blake
Duration: 90 mins
First Performance: December 5th 1997, Birmingham Rep, directed by Bill Alexander, choreographed by Robert North.

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, www.chesternovello.com It can be purchased online from MusicRoom.com, 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 The Stage Show
Released: 1998
Recorded: July 1998
Artists: Director Thomas Grimm, Producer Neil Mundy for Reiner Moritz Associates.
Available 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.


This production was filmed by Reiner Moritz / Thomas Grimm in August 1998 and a CD of the soundtrack was also recorded conducted by Howard Blake. However the instrumentation used for the recording was the earlier 12-instrument version (opus 459)

Related Works

'THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (TWELVE-PLAYER VERSION)' op.459 (September 1993) (Audio Sample Available)
A full-evening theatre show in two acts, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, the film by TVC and incorporating the music of the ballet (arranged here for 12 instruments)
The definitive stage version of The Snowman as produced at The Peacock Theatre, London 2000-2018 by Sadler's Wells/Birmingham Rep, based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the Channel 4 animated film

Related Autobiography Chapters

'Still falls the rain','The Bear' (1997)

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