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Howard Blake

HOWARD BLAKE  (1938 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Highbridge Music  

Grew up in Brighton, singing roles as a boy soprano, at 18 winning scholarship to the Royal academy of Music. Numerous film scores, including 'the Duellists' for Ridley Scott (Special Jury award, Cannes), 'a Month in the Country' with Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth (BFI Anthony asquith award for musical excellence), and 'the Snowman', which was nominated for an Oscar after its first screening on in 1982 and many other prizes internationally. His song 'Walking in the air', for which he also wrote the lyrics, was the success that launched aled Jones, whilst his concert version for narrator and orchestra (with his own narration) is now performed world-wide. He collaborated with director Bill Alexander and choreographer Robert North to create the scenario for the Snowman Stage Show launched in 1997 by Sadler's Wells at the Peacock Theatre, but the libretto of his comic opera 'the Station' is entirely his own. His work includes many song lyrics, narrations and scenarios. He is a Fellow of the Royal academy of Music and in 1994 received the OBe for services to music.

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below is a list of Howard Blake's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Benedictus         Granpa         Passion Of Mary, The         Snowman, The         Station, The



Benedictus

Synopsis:
a prelude, interlude and epilogue for unaccompanied solo viola evoke the aloneness of the central character, a Novice called to the monastic life. a large-scale Dramatic oratorio originally created for the tenor Richard Lewis along with a speaker, choruses and orchestra.

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1st Produced:
St.alban's Cathedral    1986

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Highbridge music (1986)   -

Music:
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Genre:
Dramatic oratorio

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  SaTB chorus,chamber choirs,orchestra,solo viola

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Granpa

Synopsis:
Granpa' follows the fantastic adventures of young emily and her rumbunctious elderly grandfather. each time she visits him their day-to-day activities somehow transform into fantastic adventures. Caterpillars and spiders become giant, the house becomes Noah's ark, a rollercoaster turns into a Spitfire - there are fiery dragons on the bed covers and tendrilled jungles in the greenhouse. But Granpa is an old man and his health is failing. In a heartbreaking finale emily arrives to play at Granpa's house one day, but finds him gone forever. a beautiful and sensitive study of that special relationship between old and young.

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1st Produced:
Kowloon Town Hall, Hong Kong    2005

Organisations:
Channel 4 as a TV opera

1st Published:
Highbridge music (1988)   -

Music:
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Genre:
concert opera for children

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  Children's chorus,high soprano,bass (SaTB optional)

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Passion Of Mary, The

Synopsis:
the Passion of Mary' is a meditation on Mary, the mother of Jesus. the text was adapted by Howard Blake from biblical and other sources to create a powerful 50-minute 'Dramatic oratorio' for soloists, choir and orchestra. all roles are sung and whilst its London premiere at the Cadogan Hall was performed as an unacted concert piece the work itself is highly Dramatic and might well lend itself to a more staged treatment

Notes:
From the Story By Raymond Briggs

1st Produced:
Cadogen Hall, London    2008

Organisations:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

1st Published:
Highbridge music (2006)   -

Music:
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Genre:
Dramatic oratorio

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  3

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Snowman, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Musical Adaptation of Raymond Brigg's picture book classic with music by Howard Blake And book And lyrics by Anthony Clark

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Organisations:
Contact Theatre Company

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Genre:
Children's Play

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Station, The

Synopsis:
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Howard Blake's 'the Station' employs traditional harmonies And well-established operatic conventions to create A 50-minute send-up of the medium. With classic romantic soprano/tenor duets (albeit About Maseratis And Dartford Warblers!), barbershop quintets, Dramatic Arias, clever ensembles And even An elvis Presley take-off, the work takes us from Bel Canto to Can-Belto And back. It is A work that intentionally doesn't take itself seriously.

1st Produced:
the Platform Theatre,Haywards Heath.    1992

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Genre:
Opera

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  2 tea ladies

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