The Song Tree

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The Song Tree
BBC Schools Radio
Company:BBC
First run:
11th January
1982

-present

(32 school years)
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Episodes:391 episodes (approximately)
Duration:15 minutes, 20 minutes
Subject:Music: Music
Audience:Age 5-7
Language:In English
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A series about singing and listening for infant children, joining the school radio series Time and Tune, Music Workshop and Music Makers for older children.

The title originates from the idea that the programme represents a tree that grows out of a song, as the presenters encourage children not just to sing but to play accompaniments, as well as rhythm and melody games, listening activities and other related activity.

When it began the series strictly focussed on one song per episode with no overlaps or development, so that teachers could record the programmes and play them back in a different order or skip episodes completely - in fact I think that several of the terms marked "???" in the episode list below did not have a title or theme at all. In the mid-1980s it adopted a similar approach to the other BBC school radio music series, with a uniting theme every term, sometimes even a cantata to be learned, and songs to be remembered and built-up from week to week.

The series had originally been scheduled to begin in the autumn term 1980, on Fridays at 10:45am, but it did not go out in 1980-81 at all (possibly due to the severe school radio budget cuts around that time, but that's only speculation) and it began properly in spring 1982.

The Song Tree was broadcast in every school term from 1985 to 2000. After that The Song Tree was still broadcast in most terms, and from 2000 to 2007 Let's Sing was broadcast whenever there was no Song Tree.

Episodes of The Song Tree were originally 15 minutes long, but programmes produced since 1999 have been 20 minutes long. When older 15-minute programmes are repeated in 20-minute timeslots, they are bolstered by a couple of extra songs at the end to make up time.


Episode Guide

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

If you have any of the Song Tree pamphlets that you can scan please get in touch by email or on the forum. Similarly if you know any of the missing titles from the 1980s please get in touch by email or on the forum.


Year Autumn Spring Summer
1981-82 Autumn 1981(no broadcast) Spring 1982???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1982???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1982-83 Autumn 1982(no broadcast) Spring 1983???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1983???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1983-84 Autumn 1983(no broadcast) Spring 1984???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1984Little MooseNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1984-85 Autumn 1984(no broadcast) Spring 1985(no broadcast) Summer 1985Jesper and the 100 HaresNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1985-86 Autumn 1985???NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1986The Amazing Secret Music MazeSong Tree cover spring 1986.jpg Summer 1986The Fantastic Fish-Tank FantasyNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1986-87 Autumn 1986A Gaggle of Music GamesThe Song Tree cover autumn 1988.jpg Spring 1987The Music MenagerieThe Song Tree cover spring 1989.jpg Summer 1987The Instant Music Grow-BagThe Song Tree cover summer 1989.jpg
1987-88 Autumn 1987Huff and PuffThe Song Tree cover autumn 1987.jpg Spring 1988The Amazing Secret Music MazeThe Song Tree cover spring 1988.jpg Summer 1988Drums, Dragons and DreamsSong Tree cover summer 1988.jpg
1988-89 Autumn 1988A Gaggle of Music GamesThe Song Tree cover autumn 1988.jpg Spring 1989The Music MenagerieThe Song Tree cover spring 1989.jpg Summer 1989The Instant Music Grow-BagThe Song Tree cover summer 1989.jpg
1989-90 Autumn 1989Huff and PuffThe Song Tree cover autumn 1987.jpg Spring 1990The Fantastic Fish-Tank FantasyNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1990Drums, Dragons and DreamsSong Tree cover summer 1988.jpg
1990-91 Autumn 1990In MotionNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1991Mysteries...NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1991Wild!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1991-92 Autumn 1991The Bumblesnouts Save the WorldThe Song Tree cover autumn 1991.jpg Spring 1992Krazy KitchenThe Song Tree teachers cover spring 1992.jpg Summer 1992All Shapes and SizesThe Song Tree cover summer 1992.jpg
1992-93 Autumn 1992Just So!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Spring 1993Fit as a FiddleNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1993Around and AboutNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1993-94 Autumn 1993Join the BandSong Tree cover autumn 1993.jpg Spring 1994Musical StairsSong Tree Musical Stairs teachers cover.jpg Summer 1994Remember This!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1994-95 Autumn 1994StarcatcherSong Tree Starcatcher cover.jpg Spring 1995The Vanishing HoleNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1995Melody Muddle's Music MachineNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1995-96 Autumn 1995Puss-in-Boots: A DIY Panto!Song Tree cover autumn 1995.jpg Spring 1996Musical StairsSong Tree Musical Stairs teachers cover.jpg Summer 1996Remember This!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1996-97 Autumn 1996StarcatcherSong Tree Starcatcher cover.jpg Spring 1997The Vanishing HoleNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1997PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg
1997-98 Autumn 1997Puss-in-Boots: A DIY Panto!Song Tree cover autumn 1995.jpg Spring 1998Octavia and FriendsSong Tree cover spring 1998.jpg Summer 1998Remember This!NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
1998-99 Autumn 1998StarcatcherSong Tree Starcatcher cover.jpg Spring 1999Florrie the Flying CarpetSong Tree Florrie the Flying Carpet cover.jpg Summer 1999PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg
1999-00 Autumn 1999Puss-in-Boots: A DIY Panto!Song Tree cover autumn 1995.jpg Spring 2000Octavia and FriendsSong Tree cover spring 1998.jpg Summer 2000Beside the SeaSong Tree cover summer 2000.jpg
2000-01 Autumn 2000(no broadcast) Spring 2001Florrie the Flying CarpetSong Tree Florrie the Flying Carpet cover.jpg Summer 2001PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg
2001-02 Autumn 2001Rockpool Rap! / The Emperor and the NightingaleSong Tree cover autumn 2001.jpg Spring 2002Octavia and FriendsSong Tree cover spring 1998.jpg Summer 2002Beside the SeaSong Tree cover summer 2000.jpg
2002-03 Autumn 2002(no broadcast) Spring 2003Octavia and FriendsSong Tree cover spring 1998.jpg Summer 2003(no broadcast)
2003-04 Autumn 2003PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg Spring 2004(no broadcast) Summer 2004Beside the SeaSong Tree cover summer 2000.jpg
2004-05 Autumn 2004Rockpool Rap! / The Emperor and the NightingaleSong Tree cover autumn 2001.jpg Spring 2005The Magic HummingbirdSong Tree Magic Hummingbird cover.jpg Summer 2005PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg
2005-06 Autumn 2005The Magic HummingbirdSong Tree Magic Hummingbird cover.jpg Spring 2006The Dragon and the PhoenixSong Tree Dragon and Phoenix cover.jpg Summer 2006Beside the SeaSong Tree cover summer 2000.jpg
2006-07 Autumn 2006(no broadcast) Spring 2007The Dragon and the PhoenixSong Tree Dragon and Phoenix cover.jpg Summer 2007(no broadcast)
2007-08 Autumn 2007The Magic HummingbirdSong Tree Magic Hummingbird cover.jpg Spring 2008The Dragon and the PhoenixSong Tree Dragon and Phoenix cover.jpg Summer 2008PinocchioSong Tree Pinocchio cover.jpg
2008-09 Autumn 2008(no broadcast) Spring 2009Rockpool Rap! / The Emperor and the NightingaleSong Tree cover autumn 2001.jpg Summer 2009(no broadcast)
2009-10 Autumn 2009The Magic HummingbirdSong Tree Magic Hummingbird cover.jpg Spring 2010The Dragon and the PhoenixSong Tree Dragon and Phoenix cover.jpg Summer 2010(no broadcast)
2010-11 Autumn 2010(no broadcast) Spring 2011Jack and the BeanstalkThe Song Tree teachers cover spring 2011.jpg Summer 2011Beside the SeaSong Tree cover summer 2000.jpg
2011-12 Autumn 2011(no broadcast) Spring 2012Jack and the BeanstalkThe Song Tree teachers cover spring 2011.jpg Summer 2012Sun, Sea and SongThe Song Tree teachers cover summer 2012.jpg
2012-13 Autumn 2012The Magic HummingbirdSong Tree Magic Hummingbird cover.jpg Spring 2013Red Riding HoodThe Song Tree teachers cover spring 2013.jpg Summer 2013Sun, Sea and SongThe Song Tree teachers cover summer 2012.jpg