Gaspard's Foxtrot composed by Jonathan Dove CBE

Composer Jonathan Dove CBE created Gaspard’s Foxtrot as a Musical Tale for narrator and orchestra inspired by Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Three Choirs Festival, Docklands Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestra this new orchestral work is a great way of introducing classical music, storytelling and illustration to children. 

Its world premiere was at the 2021 Three Choirs Festival. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra it has been seen and heard by over 100,000 primary children all over Scotland and, in a week of concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, by 7000 schoolchildren at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.

The music is published by Peters Edition Limited and the book is published by Graffeg.

Gaspard's Foxtrot Recording in Glasgow

On 25 February 2021, the author of Gaspard’s Foxtrot, Zeb Soanes, travelled from his home in Islington to Glasgow to record the narration of Gaspard’s Foxtrot, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in preparation for their digital schools performance taking place on 10 May 2021.

Working in partnership with Visible Fictions, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have brought the story of Gaspard’s Foxtrot to life using music, digitally enhanced illustrations, by James Mayhew, and narration by the author, Zeb Soanes. This digital performance, plus learning resources, will be made available to every primary school in Scotland as part of their National Schools Concert Programme. For more information on this project, visit:

Photos provided by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Laura Penny and Zeb Soanes

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