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Music Workshop
BBC Schools Radio
Company:BBC
First run:
23rd September
1964

-present

(49 school years)
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Episodes:889 episodes (approximately)
Duration:10 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes
Subject:Music
Audience:Age 9-11
Language:In English
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Contents

"Most of the Music Workshop programmes have two main sections. The first teaches songs. The second adds accompaniment for classroom instruments. Between these two main sections there is a short sequence devoted to music for listening, or an extract from the term's story.

"The whole of each term is devoted to a story, developed through songs. This leads to a complete performance in the last programme of term."

- adapted from BBC Annual Programme Guides throughout the 1970s and 1980s

History

Music Workshop began in autumn 1964, replacing the earlier series Rhythm and Melody, initially for 8-9 year-olds only but this age range was gradually expanded.

In autumn 1966 the normal Music Workshop series, expanded to ages 8-10, was renamed Music Workshop Stage One, and a new series of Music Workshop Stage Two for 10-12 year-olds was introduced.

In autumn 1975 Music Workshop Stage Two was renamed Music Makers, and Music Workshop Stage One returned to simply being called Music Workshop.

When the series began in 1964 there were actually two broadcasts a week: a main 20 minute programme covering the songs (Music...), and a 10 minute follow-up programme on another day of the week covering classroom instrument work (...Workshop). This format continued when the series was split into Stages, so that in the late 1960s there were 4 separate Music Workshop broadcasts every week.

In autumn 1969 the two halves were brought together into a single half-hour programme (well, half an hour for Stage One and half an hour for Stage Two) with roughly the first 15 minutes devoted to the Music, and the last 15 minutes to the Workshop.

In autumn 1985 the programmes were reduced to 25 minutes, and finally in autumn 1994 down to 20 minutes.

The series is still going strong, available as a podcast from the BBC website (but only during the terms when it is broadcast on the radio) and with one whole unit including songs and accompaniments, playscript and workshop exercises, available freely online.

Meanwhile you can read more happy memories of the 1960s and 70s broadcasts on the Light Straw: Faded Notes website.


Episode Guide

Can't find the productions you remember here? Maybe they were from the BBC's other music radio series with drama productions, The Song Tree, Time and Tune or Music Makers?

If you can provide any of the missing pamphlet covers (or better quality copies of some of the dodgier ones) please get in touch by email or on the forum.


Year Autumn Spring Summer
1964-65 Autumn 1964Don Pedro the DonkeyMusic Workshop cover autumn 1964.jpg Spring 1965The Old Grandfather ClockMusic Workshop cover spring 1965.jpg Summer 1965Our SchoolMusic Workshop cover summer 1965.jpg
1965-66 Autumn 1965Dagobert the DachshundMusic Workshop cover autumn 1965.jpg Spring 1966The Big TopMusic Workshop cover spring 1966.jpg Summer 1966Hugo's HauntMusic Workshop cover summer 1966.jpg


Stage One Stage Two
Year Autumn Spring Summer Autumn Spring Summer
1966-67 Autumn 1966Dagobert the DachshundMusic Workshop cover autumn 1965.jpg Spring 1967The Big TopMusic Workshop cover spring 1966.jpg Summer 1967Hugo's HauntMusic Workshop cover summer 1966.jpg Autumn 1966My IdeaNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1967Baldy BaneMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1967.jpg Summer 1967The Truthful TransistorMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1968.jpg


1967-68 Autumn 1967Don Carlos the BraveMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1967.jpg Spring 1968Three O'Clock GrandadMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1968.jpg Summer 1968The Island PeopleMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1969.jpg Autumn 1967My IdeaNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1968Baldy BaneMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1967.jpg Summer 1968The Truthful TransistorMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1968.jpg


1968-69 Autumn 1968Don Carlos the BraveMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1967.jpg Spring 1969Three O'Clock GrandadMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1968.jpg Summer 1969The Island PeopleMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1969.jpg Autumn 1968December FairMusic Workshop Stage Two cover autumn 1968.jpg Spring 1969Twm Shon CatiMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1969.jpg Summer 1969Konrad of the MountainsMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1970.jpg


1969-70 Autumn 1969AladdinMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1969.jpg Spring 1970The Bluebird LineMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1970.jpg Summer 1970The Violin-MakerMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1972.jpg Autumn 1969December FairMusic Workshop Stage Two cover autumn 1968.jpg Spring 1970Twm Shon CatiMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1969.jpg Summer 1970Konrad of the MountainsMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1970.jpg



1970-71 Autumn 1970ChockerboxMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1970.jpg Spring 1971The Wild WestMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1971.jpg Summer 1971The TreeMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1971.jpg Autumn 1970Mutiny on the Cutty SarkMusic Workshop Stage Two cover autumn 1972.jpg Spring 1971The Penine WayMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1973.jpg Summer 1971Another ShoreMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1973.jpg


1971-72 Autumn 1971AladdinMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1969.jpg Spring 1972The Bluebird LineMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1970.jpg Summer 1972The Violin-MakerMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1972.jpg Autumn 1971Dorita y PepeNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1972Paris Under GaslightNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1972HagoromoNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png


1972-73 Autumn 1972AliceMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1972.jpg Spring 1973AesopMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1973.jpg Summer 1973Colour Me CornwallMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1973.jpg Autumn 1972Mutiny on the Cutty SarkMusic Workshop Stage Two cover autumn 1972.jpg Spring 1973The Penine WayMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1973.jpg Summer 1973Another ShoreMusic Workshop Stage Two cover summer 1973.jpg


1973-74 Autumn 1973ChockerboxMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1970.jpg Spring 1974The Wild WestMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1971.jpg Summer 1974The TreeMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1971.jpg Autumn 1973TaliesinMusic Workshop Stage Two cover autumn 1973.jpg Spring 1974Kirsty MhorMusic Workshop Stage Two cover spring 1974.jpg Summer 1974The Horse TroughNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png


1974-75 Autumn 1974Journey Through BadlidremptMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1974.jpg Spring 1975Nonsense / Songs of Stephen FosterMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1975.jpg Summer 1975Rainbow SnakeMusic Workshop cover summer 1977.jpg Autumn 1974Dorita y PepeNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1975Paris Under GaslightNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1975HagoromoNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png


Year Autumn Spring Summer
1975-76 Autumn 1975AliceMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1972.jpg Spring 1976AesopMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1973.jpg Summer 1976Colour Me CornwallMusic Workshop Stage One cover summer 1973.jpg
1976-77 Autumn 1976Nonsense / Songs of Stephen FosterMusic Workshop Stage One cover spring 1975.jpg Spring 1977Journey Through BadlidremptMusic Workshop Stage One cover autumn 1974.jpg Summer 1977Rainbow SnakeMusic Workshop cover summer 1977.jpg
1977-78 Autumn 1977The Tinder BoxMusic Workshop cover autumn 1977.jpg Spring 1978Return to BadlidremptMusic Workshop cover spring 1978.jpg Summer 1978Chaos at Crusty TowersMusic Workshop cover summer 1978.jpg
1978-79 Autumn 1978RumpelstiltskinMusic Workshop cover autumn 1980.jpg Spring 1979Caractacus Turniptop's Space AdventureMusic Workshop cover spring 1979.jpg Summer 1979Mrs Noah's MissingMusic Workshop cover summer 1979.jpg
1979-80 Autumn 1979The Tinder BoxMusic Workshop cover autumn 1977.jpg Spring 1980Return to BadlidremptMusic Workshop cover spring 1978.jpg Summer 1980Chaos at Crusty TowersMusic Workshop cover summer 1978.jpg
1980-81 Autumn 1980RumpelstiltskinMusic Workshop cover autumn 1980.jpg Spring 1981Caractacus Turniptop's Space AdventureMusic Workshop cover spring 1979.jpg Summer 1981Mrs Noah's MissingMusic Workshop cover summer 1979.jpg
1981-82 Autumn 1981Sir Spence and a Dragon Called HoraceMusic Workshop cover autumn 1981.jpg Spring 1982Will Wanderers Win?Music Workshop cover spring 1982.jpg Summer 1982The Bearded Bride, a Story of Robin HoodMusic Workshop cover summer 1982.jpg
1982-83 Autumn 1982Queen Beryl and the Romans, or I Came, I Saw, I Made a Mess of It…Music Workshop cover autumn 1982.jpg Spring 1983The Montgolfiers' Famous Flying GlobeMusic Workshop cover spring 1983.jpg Summer 1983Brer RabbitMusic Workshop cover summer 1983.jpg
1983-84 Autumn 1983Sir Spence and a Dragon Called HoraceMusic Workshop cover autumn 1981.jpg Spring 1984Will Wanderers Win?Music Workshop cover spring 1982.jpg Summer 1984The Bearded Bride, a Story of Robin HoodMusic Workshop cover summer 1982.jpg
1984-85 Autumn 1984Queen Beryl and the Romans, or I Came, I Saw, I Made a Mess of It…Music Workshop cover autumn 1982.jpg Spring 1985The Montgolfiers' Famous Flying GlobeMusic Workshop cover spring 1983.jpg Summer 1985Brer RabbitMusic Workshop cover summer 1983.jpg
1985-86 Autumn 1985The Sleeping BeautyMusic Workshop cover autumn 1985.jpg Spring 1986Ol' Brer Rabbit Again!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1986The Great Numbers ShenaniganNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1986-87 Autumn 1986Cinderella?Music Workshop cover autumn 1986.jpg Spring 1987Piper's MountainMusic Workshop cover spring 1987.jpg Summer 1987An Odd Odyssey, or Missing from HomerMusic Workshop cover summer 1989.jpg
1987-88 Autumn 1987Up the Beanstalk!Music Workshop cover autumn 1987.jpg Spring 1988Bowater Merryweather and the Chemifizz CatastropheMusic Workshop cover spring 1988.jpg Summer 1988The Man in the White HatMusic Workshop cover summer 1988.jpg
1988-89 Autumn 1988Cinderella?Music Workshop cover autumn 1986.jpg Spring 1989Piper's MountainMusic Workshop cover spring 1987.jpg Summer 1989An Odd Odyssey, or Missing from HomerMusic Workshop cover summer 1989.jpg
1989-90 Autumn 1989Aladdin, or The Laddy with the LampMusic Workshop cover autumn 1989.jpg Spring 1990Pimlico Drudge and the Upside-Down Pyramid of Shal-Labal-La-Ding-DongMusic Workshop cover spring 1990.jpg Summer 1990The Enchanted HorseMusic Workshop cover summer 1990.jpg
1990-91 Autumn 1990Up the Beanstalk!Music Workshop cover autumn 1987.jpg Spring 1991Bowater Merryweather and the Chemifizz CatastropheMusic Workshop cover spring 1988.jpg Summer 1991The Man in the White Hat / Summer ExtrasMusic Workshop cover summer 1988.jpg
1991-92 Autumn 1991After AliceMusic Workshop cover autumn 1991.jpg Spring 1992YanomamoMusic Workshop teachers cover spring 1992.jpg Summer 1992RoadshowMusic Workshop cover summer 1992.jpg
1992-93 Autumn 1992Christopher ColumbusMusic Workshop cover autumn 1992.jpg Spring 1993Musithon!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1993TrollsMusic Workshop cover summer 1993.jpg
1993-94 Autumn 1993A Merrie MasqueNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1994JazzamatazzMusic Workshop cover Jazzamataz.jpg Summer 1994Down at the End of the PierMusic Workshop cover summer 1994.jpg
1994-95 Autumn 1994Sherlock Holmes and the Rogues' GalleryMusic Workshop cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 1995OrpheusMusic Workshop cover spring 1995.jpg Summer 1995Jiving JukeboxesMusic Workshop cover summer 1997.jpg
1995-96 Autumn 1995Bugsy MaloneMusic Workshop cover autumn 1995.jpg Spring 1996JazzamatazzMusic Workshop cover Jazzamataz.jpg Summer 1996Down at the End of the PierMusic Workshop cover summer 1994.jpg
1996-97 Autumn 1996Sherlock Holmes and the Rogues' GalleryMusic Workshop cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 1997Lights, Camera... Action!Music Workshop cover spring 1997.jpg Summer 1997Jiving JukeboxesMusic Workshop cover summer 1997.jpg
1997-98 Autumn 1997Bugsy MaloneMusic Workshop cover autumn 1995.jpg Spring 1998JazzamatazzMusic Workshop cover Jazzamataz.jpg Summer 1998We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg
1998-99 Autumn 1998Not AloudMusic Workshop cover autumn 1998.jpg Spring 1999Lights, Camera... Action!Music Workshop cover spring 1997.jpg Summer 1999Jiving JukeboxesMusic Workshop cover summer 1997.jpg
1999-00 Autumn 1999David CopperfieldMusic Workshop cover autumn 1999.jpg Spring 2000Bugsy MaloneMusic Workshop cover autumn 1995.jpg Summer 2000We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg
2000-01 Autumn 2000School Musical: Alice in [email protected]Alice in Wonderl@nd teachers cover.jpg Spring 2001Lights, Camera... Action!Music Workshop cover spring 1997.jpg Summer 2001We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg
2001-02 Autumn 2001A Midsummer Night's DreamMusic Workshop cover Midsummer Night's Dream.jpg Spring 2002David CopperfieldMusic Workshop cover autumn 1999.jpg Summer 2002(no broadcast)
2002-03 Autumn 2002Not AloudMusic Workshop cover autumn 1998.jpg Spring 2003Lights, Camera... Action!Music Workshop cover spring 1997.jpg Summer 2003We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg
2003-04 Autumn 2003David CopperfieldMusic Workshop cover autumn 1999.jpg Spring 2004MacbethMusic Workshop cover Macbeth.jpg Summer 2004(no broadcast)
2004-05 Autumn 2004A Midsummer Night's DreamMusic Workshop cover Midsummer Night's Dream.jpg Spring 2005The TempestMusic Workshop cover spring 2005.jpg Summer 2005(no broadcast)
2005-06 Autumn 2005We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg Spring 2006Treasure IslandMusic Workshop cover Treasure Island.jpg Summer 2006School Musical: Alice in [email protected]Alice in Wonderl@nd teachers cover.jpg
2006-07 Autumn 2006MacbethMusic Workshop cover Macbeth.jpg Spring 2007Romeo and JulietMusic Workshop cover Romeo and Juliet.jpg Summer 2007A Midsummer Night's DreamMusic Workshop cover Midsummer Night's Dream.jpg
2007-08 Autumn 2007Treasure IslandMusic Workshop cover Treasure Island.jpg Spring 2008MacbethMusic Workshop cover Macbeth.jpg Summer 2008Romeo and JulietMusic Workshop cover Romeo and Juliet.jpg
2008-09 Autumn 2008(no broadcast) Spring 2009Heroes of TroyMusic Workshop Heroes of Troy playscript cover.jpg Summer 2009We'll Meet AgainMusic Workshop We'll Meet Again cover.jpg
2009-10 Autumn 2009The TempestMusic Workshop cover autumn 2009.jpg Spring 2010Heroes of TroyMusic Workshop Heroes of Troy playscript cover.jpg Summer 2010(no broadcast)
2010-11 Autumn 2010Romeo and JulietMusic Workshop cover Romeo and Juliet.jpg Spring 2011(no broadcast) Summer 2011(no broadcast)
2011-12 Autumn 2011Treasure IslandMusic Workshop cover autumn 2011.jpg Spring 2012MacbethMusic Workshop cover spring 2012.jpg Summer 2012(no broadcast)
2012-13 Autumn 2012The TempestMusic Workshop cover autumn 2009.jpg Spring 2013(no broadcast) Summer 2013(no broadcast)


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