The Pied Piper of Hamelin

"Ian's setting of 'The Pied Piper' has been an unqualified success. The children, The Bach Choir and all the instrumentalists have all expressed total enthusiasm about the work which won The Bach Choir Composition Competition. It is full of memorable melodies, finely constructed harmony and portrays the story with lots of varied dramatic touches. There is no doubt in my mind that this should join the ranks of famous works by Jo Horovitz and John Rutter as one suited to future performances. " (David Hill, conductor of The Bach Choir)

"I particularly enjoyed The Pied Piper of Hamelin. This was very accessible but also presented a good challenge for the children musically, and I thought the music had excellent characterisation and story-telling." (Sara Feldmann Brummer, Vocal Provision Manager and SEN/D Lead, Tri-borough Music Hub)

An entertainment for SATB choir, children's choir and instrumental ensemble consisting of piano, double bass, flute and percussion.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is in seven movement and is a setting of Robert Browning's telling of the legend of the mysterious piper.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin was winner of The Bach Choir's Composition Competition in 2016. It received its premiere at St. John's, Smith Square in June 2017 as the climax of the choir's Outreach Programme.
The performance featured The Bach Choir and children from: Ark Brunel Primary Academy, King Solomon Primary Academy, Miles Coverdale Primary School, Our Lady of Victories Primary School, St Barnabus' Church of England Primary School, St Francis of Assissi Catholic Primary School, St Joseph's Catholoic Primary School and St Stephen's Church of England Primary School conducted by David Hill. The instrumentalists were Philip Scriven (piano), Ileana Ruhemann (Flute), Chris Hill (Bass) and Matthew Green (Percussion).

Duration: 20-25 minutes

  1. Prelude
  2. Rats!
  3. Enter the Piper
  4. The Piper plays
  5. The bells of Hamelin
  6. The Piper plays again
  7. Postlude

Practice resources

- Children's scores and instrumental parts are available at no extra charge - Contact us

Price £6.50(+p&p)