John, Tom, and James
two-part choir and piano accompaniment
Instrumentation two-part choir, piano
Text Charles Henry Ross
First Performance Friday 22 November 2013, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, UK; Children from schools in Yorkshire
31.8.14 Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
John, Tom, and James are two songs for two-part choir and piano accompaniment, which set words by Charles Henry Ross (1842-1897). The verses were written for publication in comic books in the late 19th Century. Witty and fun, they have great appeal to children and adults alike. Equally whimsical pictures were often published alongside the verses.
A 2013 Opera North commission, as part of the Britten’s Friday Afternoons project