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Old Mother Hubbard : from 'Dining With Alice'

by Frank Millward (1999)

Work Overview

Dining with Alice was a magical, if topsy-turvy, dinner party in the exquisite gardens of a 15th century moated manor house in rural Norfolk.
The audience of 256 unsuspecting diners were invited to follow in Alice's footsteps and find themselves in Wonderland in the company of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and even Alice herself in all her various sizes.
All was not what it seemed as a strange evening of tongue-twisters and riddles unfolded, culminating in a musical entertainment under the stars.
Curiouser and curiouser, don't you think?

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: SATB chorus, trumpet in B flat, horn in F, bass trombone, percussion, piano, strings.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Originally commissioned by the Salisbury Festival UK

From the original poem by Sarah Catherine Martin (c1768-1826)
Dialogues and additional words by David Gale
This piece is introduced by the short song 'I’m a Little Toothbrush' (sung by Tweedle Dum / Dee ) Words by
David Gale.

Site-specific music theatre

This piece is introduced by the short song 'I’m a Little Toothbrush'

First performed at the Salisbury Festival 1999. Also performed at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011

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