|Scenes from The Wind in the Willows(from Time and Tune)|
|BBC Schools Radio|
- 18th March 1986
(3 school years)
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Mole meets Water Rat and discovers the joys of living on a river bank. Their friend Mr Toad shows them his horse-drawn caravan, but soon decides that he prefers a motor car. Mole goes to explore the terrifying Wild Wood and has to be rescued.
Toad escapes from his friends and goes on a series of amazing adventures (all covered in one action-packed song) before returning to deal with the invaders who have taken over Toad Hall.
The theme tune for this unit was a special song, the Prelude to The Wind in the Willows performance played on recorder, glockenspiel and triangle:
The wind in the willows is calling to me:
'Come play in the Springtime, how happy we'll be.'
Time and Tune revisited The Wind in the Willows for a completely new production with different songs in spring 2003.
All seven songs from this unit, with a short extract from each. The words for all songs are by John Emlyn Edwards, and the music by Douglas Coombes.
Is a happy song-to-sing time.
The River Bank
Glint! Gleam! Sparkle!
Oh, what a sight to see.
The Vintage Car
With a fizz, and a wizz, like a shooting star.
Wild Wood Song
Voice of wind through branches humming,
Mm, song of the wild wood.
Never Touch a Motor Car Again
But you must never,
But you must never,
Never touch a motor-car again.
Mr Toad's Adventures
I'm a master of disguise,
I've a thousand tricks to play.
The Wind in the Willows
For mine is the rose in the wild wood,
And mine is the bird in the sky...
As well as the above seven songs and the Prelude, there was also a musical piece on the Terror of the Wild Wood, played on xylophone and cymbals:
Beware of Ferret and Fox...
|Pamphlet illustrated by||Martin Ursell|
|Scenes from The Wind in the Willows words by||John Emlyn Edwards|
|Scenes from The Wind in the Willows music by||Douglas Coombes|
This unit consisted of 10 episodes, the final 2 of which were a full rehearsal and performance of Scenes from The Wind in the Willows.
They were first broadcast in the spring term 1986, on Tuesdays at 11:00am on BBC Radio 4 FM. Recordings of these episodes were repeated in spring 1988, also on Tuesdays at 11:00am on BBC Radio 4 FM.
Recordings of all 10 episodes are held in the BBC archives.
|1.||Broadcast eleven||7 Jan 1986|
|2.||Broadcast twelve||14 Jan 1986|
|3.||Broadcast thirteen||21 Jan 1986|
|4.||Broadcast fourteen||28 Jan 1986|
|5.||Broadcast fifteen||4 Feb 1986|
|6.||Broadcast sixteen||11 Feb 1986|
|7.||Broadcast seventeen||25 Feb 1986|
|8.||Broadcast eighteen||4 Mar 1986|
|9.||Broadcast nineteen||11 Mar 1986|
|10.||Broadcast twenty||18 Mar 1986|
The unit was accompanied by a 24-page pupils' pamphlet containing the words and tunes to all of the songs and some rhythm exercises, which were referred to in detail during the broadcasts, and an A4 booklet of teacher's notes.
These resources were originally published for the 1986 broadcast, and they were reprinted without modification for the 1988 broadcast. Originally this unit built on the work of The Tailor of Gloucester from autumn 1985, which used 'cat', 'mouse' and 'tai-lor' as names to help children learn the basic musical notes. When it was repeated it built on the work of the new unit The Musicians of Bremen from autumn 1987, but things were orchestrated so that this new unit used 'cat', 'mouse' and 'tai-lor' as well, even though those words aren't relevant to the story, so that the reprinted publications for Scenes from The Wind in the Willows would still make sense.
Sources & References
- BBC (1987a) BBC Radio and Television for Primary and Middle Schools 1987-8. London: BBC.
- BBC (1987b) Time and Tune pupils' pamphlet, spring 1988. London: BBC. ISBN 0 563 33985 3
- BBC Programme Catalogue online (no longer available)
- Recording of Time and Tune: Scenes from The Wind in the Willows Programme 19
- with thanks to Robin Carmody