Mr Lear

Mr Lear (2002)
An entertainment for SATB, childrens’ choir (optional), narrator (optional), brass quintet or piano. Duration c. 25 minutes.
Mr Lear is an entertainment based on the life of Edward Lear using many of his poems and limericks, known and not so well-known. Re-discover the magical world of Edward Lear: the table and chair who learned to walk, the melancholy reminiscences of Uncle Arly, the Sunday outing of the Broom, Shovel, Poker and Tongs, the tale of the broken-hearted Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò, and the courtship of the Owl and the Pussycat, all linked together by narrations and limericks.
Mr Lear was commissioned jointly by the Kemsing Singers (conductor Chris Knox-Johnston), the Sawtry Chorale (conductor Peter Davies) and the South Chiltern Choral Society (conductor Gwyn Arch) and has since been programmed by many other choirs including the Vasari Singers, the Wooburn Singers, the Bach Choir and the children of the London Tri-Borough Hub (director David Hill) and the 200-strong Salisbury Community Choir!

Printed copies are available to order, or on hire, from Colne Edition in the UK – price on application.

Digital downloads / pdfs are available worldwide from Colne Edition  – minimum order 10 copies.  Please also contact Colne Edition for no-obligation specimen copies.
Brass Quintet material is also available on hire.

Complete audio on YouTube
part 1
part 2