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As well as new songs to sing (visit our songs page), you’ll find pages packed with musical instruments, information and fun things to do.
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We’re having great fun making short videos for families – mums, dads, grans, grandads, and most importantly children. The plan is for a rolling series of songs, tunes, poems, drawings for as long as we’re all staying in… or until we’re both exhausted!
More on the Staying In page.
Here’s the latest. Hope you enjoy.
This is the first in a series of programmes based on our songs. Over 20 minutes of singing, animation, and a drawing lesson for Simon!
Thank you for sending in your own drawings of balloons.
Click to see them.
…and a shorter one. This is one of our most popular songs for all the family.
Simon and Hilary have worked as presenters, songwriters and musical directors for BBC TV and Schools Radio programmes (Play School, Playdays, Green Claws and The Song Tree.)
Simon is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instrument, as well as a fine fiddle player and guitarist.
Hilary has ‘one of Britain’s finest voices’ (BBC Radio 4) as well as an unusual taste in bass instruments. See her amazing giant mandobass.
As well as touring the world playing concerts and festivals they have over 30 years experience of visits to schools, performing to pupils of all ages.
By train, tractor, bicycle or even hot-air balloon – the Musical Mystery Tour introduces you to a lively collection of characters and places. Discover snowmen and kings, parrots and flamingoes, sleepy sheep and weeping willows – and even a donkey who can’t-can’t do the can-can!
These delightful, witty songs are guaranteed to capture the imagination, and will be enjoyed by children of all ages – from 4 to 104!
‘Exquisite, magical, delicate, intriguing are just few of the words to describe the stunning performances on the album Lullabies With Mandolins.’ Roots Review
The aniversary reunion was organised by Paul R Jackson, keeper of the Play School archives and supported by the Children’s Media Foundation.
Hilary James’ article Make Time For Music (PDF file) offers some great ideas on how to give children the musical start they deserve.
First published in Creative Steps magazine.
‘Giggles galore! …contains everything that will intrigue little ones… most definitely a winner.’
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