Bob
Cud
K1
K2
K3
K4
K5
K6
K7
L
Log
PK
T1
T2
Child
Children’s Voices, Percussion and String Orchestra
13 mins
2000

I was asked to compose a piece for children to sing. I was pleased. I have often worked with children on music projects but not had the opportunity to write a piece for a specific age group. I didn’t want to write a piece in which children ‘could’ sing but it might also be sung by others. I wanted to write a piece in which it was vital that children sang and that no one else could do it with the same meaning. It seemed sensible to me that children should have some input to the text being used. At the time I was to compose the piece the schools involved in the premiere had not been identified, so I approached Waterloo Primary School in Liverpool, who I have worked with in the past, and they kindly agreed to help. I compiled the final text from various sources - phrases from those children in Liverpool, phrases from adults about childhood, my own memories of my early thoughts and questions and obviously my own thoughts as an adult about childhood and growing up today.