Music Makers (radio): Peregrine's Progress

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startedApr 1981
endedJun 1981
last rptJun 1983
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Peregrine's Progress is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A comedy about an ambitious but penniless young man called Peregrine Warpbucket who dreams of being a percussionist. Armed only with a broken drum sold to him for a penny by a kindly music shop owner, he makes his way through job opportunities without losing his optimism. The friends he makes and talent for sound effects that he develops come in useful when he encounters an American millionaire, his wife who dreams of stardom, and a pair of villainous thugs.

The magazine features and quiz times in the programmes cover percussion music.


  • Aladdin's Cave
  • Some Day...
  • Maestro
  • No Need to...
  • The Sound Man in the Wings
  • Bending the Rules



Written by Derek Farmer
Music by Max Brittain
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

A 24 page pamphlet containing the words and music to the songs, with cartoon illustrations by Paul Cemmick outlining the story in between, and photos of different percussion instrument to accompany the magazine features in the broadcasts.

The pamphlets were sold for 25p each in 1981, and 50p each in 1983.

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

A 12 page booklet containing an outline of each broadcast and the piano accompaniment to the songs.

The notes were sold for 33p in 1981, and 65p in 1983.

Melodic instrument parts

Melodic instrument parts cover

A stapled set of accompaniments to each song for tuned percussion instruments was available free to schools sending a stamped addressed envelope to the producer during the term of broadcast.

Music Makers units, especially those in the autumn and spring terms, were often also accompanied by an acting script adapted for school performances of the musical story. No such script was made available for Peregrine's Progress, a summer term unit, with the teachers' notes explaining that "the story has been designed primarily as a radio entertainment, so no acting scripts are available for distribution to schools.


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