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I'm John Gleadall - teaching for 40 years and finding that bespoke material that matches and challenges the ability profile of the children is a good way forward. 20 years in 'socially challenged' schools, 10 years in a more leafy area and 10 years in junior school - it's a good mix and has resulted in a wide variety of musical material for children.

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I'm John Gleadall - teaching for 40 years and finding that bespoke material that matches and challenges the ability profile of the children is a good way forward. 20 years in 'socially challenged' schools, 10 years in a more leafy area and 10 years in junior school - it's a good mix and has resulted in a wide variety of musical material for children.
Three Wise Men - REALLY catchy Christmas song in EASY parts!
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Three Wise Men - REALLY catchy Christmas song in EASY parts!

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Irrestible contrapuntal melodies in this song about the 3 wise men travelling to Bethlehem complete with very easy harmonies - two tunes that are easily sung. There’s a middle eastern ethnic element to the ‘street beat’ rhythm. THIS REALLY WORKS AND THE CHILDREN LOVE IT!!! I’ve rescored this with easy guitar chords. The children can practise at home with the You Tube link and the learning aids on my website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qhr87dJr58 http://www.musicals4kidz.com/musicals4kidz.com/Christmas_Songs_for_Choirs.html Get in touch if you need help or more information, or wish to comment about the song. kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Harvest Hoe Down - a new song for Harvest Assembly
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Harvest Hoe Down - a new song for Harvest Assembly

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Here's a KS1/2 Harvest song in a country style. It is written to have a line dance in the middle of it - you could do 'The Funky Cowboy' as demonstrated in the video, or get the children to create a 'Harvesting Line Dance' with digging and reaping actions. If you don't fancy the line dance, simply repeat a verse or write some lyrics of your own. There is a vocal demo, a backing track, a score and a set of lyrics.
Reggae Reggae Harvest
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Reggae Reggae Harvest

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Written for Junior School Harvest assembly. OK so Cauliflowers are STILL fluffy but sometimes you have to ring the changes just to keep your sanity. This time I’ve added the ‘Reggae Reggae Harvest’ song to go along with the ‘Harvest Gospel’ and ‘Harvest Hoe Down’ - just to give some alternatives. This one is dead easy to sing and introduces the idea that all countries harvest their own crops and fruits and vegetables even though the produce may be very different to that which we see in shops where we live. Written in a reggae style this song references fruit and veg. you may find in Jamaica - so there is some fun to be had identifying the various foods named in the song - such as Callaloo, Johnny Cakes or Duckanoo. The last line of the chorus adds a ‘reggae’ lyric on every repeat, so we start off with ‘Reggae Reggae’ and end up with ’ Reggae, reggae, reggae, reggae, reggae’. Go to the You Tube demo to check the song out. Enjoy! If you need a vocal score, chords or piano score just let me know : kidzmusicals@icloud.com - I’ll try and add it soon anyway, but please ask - I can also change key or tempo - no charge.
Alice In Wonderland Songs
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Alice In Wonderland Songs

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A collection of songs from the writings of Lewis Carroll - I’ve set all of the ‘Alice’ poems to music in a suitably bizarre way - so let me know if you need one that’s not featured here. These resources would be an excellent part of any work or presentation featuring the "Alice in Wonderland’ or ‘Through The Looking Glass’ stories.
Christmas Songs for juniors
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Christmas Songs for juniors

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Three great new songs for Christmas singing. A brilliant '3 Wise Men' number with two easily singable (and very earwormy) parts, a great new gospel style song for the choir, 'Everything Changes' and a thoughtful song about children around the world at Christmas - 'The Greatest Gift'
The Highwayman - full length musical
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The Highwayman - full length musical

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This is a full length, mostly sung through musical adaptation of the Alfred Noyes poem, ‘The Highwayman’ , written by Gleadall and Mosse. The show is written for a large cast, suitable for a high school show. The amount of musical material extends to 1.5Gb of music files so I will send this direct to anyone who buys the show. Copyright permission for a UK performance must be obtained from the society of authors. We have written in a back story for The Highwayman so I recommend you read the script and get in touch if you are interested. You can download the script and listen to demonstrations of some of the songs here: https://musicals4all.com/the-highwayman/ This show has been produced to great acclaim - it really works and totally respects the original work of Alfred Noyes. The entire poem is featured in the show and will soon be available as a sung through concert piece. I played ‘The Highwayman’ theme to Alfred Noyes’ daughter and she loved it! Very proud of this!!!
Nanny's Nativity -  Christmas Nativity Play for KS2 works from Yr 2 - Yr 5
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Nanny's Nativity - Christmas Nativity Play for KS2 works from Yr 2 - Yr 5

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Featuring ‘The Button Box’ family. From the same author and composer of ‘The Button Box’ this is Complete Nativity Play with songs suitable for year 2 up to year 5. The parts range from VERY easy parts to more challenging parts, catering for the full ability range. The show comes complete with script, backing tracks and demo tracks. If you want to hack it about to suit your children, please do - the children are more important than the script. Go to the You Tube link for a vocal demo of all the songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_8CBVWJf74 If you would like any key changes or extra bits - just get in touch, everything is possible. If you would like a school visit please ask . Lots of speaking parts (literally dozens) so you can do this with a whole phase or a whole year group. The ‘Stable Song’ can also be accompanied by ukulele. Exciting eastern style dancing plus a variety of choral singing - written by a teacher to suit the demands of busy teachers. Six brand new songs with an optional Megamix at the end. Please feedback your views - I’m thinking of putting a completely new finale song in instead of the megamix - would this be too much to learn? I don’t think so… The price includes performance royalties - and you can make a DVD or CD if you want to - just let me know please. John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
It's A New Day!  A song for the start of the day, the week, the term, the year.
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It's A New Day! A song for the start of the day, the week, the term, the year.

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This is a new song to start off the year, the term, the week or the day. It tells us that every day is a new beginning and offers a chance to help children reflect on the fact that they have an important choice to make every single day - how will they behave today? Will they make to most of the chances offered to them. It's a 'seize the day' song! The chorus of this song should be sung in three parts. I would have year 6 on the first part, year 5 on the send part and years 3 and four on the third part. It's very simple and ends on a three part chord. There is a vocal demo, an accompaniment track, lyrics and a score. It's in a really good fun western style complete with 'yee haa' at the end!
The Mock Turtle's Song - The Lobster Quadrille
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The Mock Turtle's Song - The Lobster Quadrille

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The Mock Turtle’s Song from Alice In Wonderland, set to an unexpected tune - not a quadrille at all - but then the turtle was a mock turtle, so nothing is as expected! It’s a very infectious melody and this piece would fit in with any study or presentation of Lewis Carroll’s work. I’ve set all of his ‘Alice’ poems to music, so if you need anything just ask!
Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps
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Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps

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A song written as a songwriting project with year 5 children. Every child in year five wrote a couple of lines using a vocabulary and ideas bank we created through discussion. Then every child sang their own (or somebody else’s ) short phrase. I edited and glued it all together with accompaniment. You could add your own lyrics - if you would like to change the structure by adding another verse or middle 8 let me know and I will change the music for you. This is now an assembly song at my school - I think it’s lovely! The demo is sung by the children who wrote it. Get in touch with me, John Gleadall, if you have any queries: kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Humpty Dumpty's recitation  from 'Alice'
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Humpty Dumpty's recitation from 'Alice'

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This is Humpty Dumpty’s recitation set to a rather modern backing style. This would fit in with any module of working involving ‘Alice’ by Lewis Carroll. I’ve set all of the ‘Alice’ poems to music so let me know if there’s anything you are looking for.
Assembly song in Gospel style  Standing in The Need  of Prayer
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Assembly song in Gospel style Standing in The Need of Prayer

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A ‘Gospelled Up’ version of this song with a new four part bridge section which is totally mesmerising when you get the four year groups singing a part each. Totally doable and totally good fun - plus you get the whole school doing contrapuntal part singing!!!! The sound on the chorus is amazing when you get the handclaps going……: John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Song of the Magi - very simple song for the three wise men
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Song of the Magi - very simple song for the three wise men

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This song has a beautiful, simple melody with lyrics which vary only in the gift - so basically the same (easy to learn) verse sung three times, each verse highlighting the gift brought by that King. There is a short musical interlude to allow the Kings to present the gift before the next verse is sung. This is from 'Nanny's Nativity' John Gleadall kidzmusicals@icloud.com
A Christmas Welcome - brilliant song to start your Christmas Concert
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A Christmas Welcome - brilliant song to start your Christmas Concert

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This is simple to sing - yet extremely effective. This works from year 2 up to adult. It's a simple three part song with three melodies that all work together and finishes on a great three part chord - harmony by stealth! It makes a great start to any Christmas Concert - it just works. The Lyrics are: 1 Time is back again welcome back again Though it's been a year Since the music played seasons come and fade Now we're singing here - Christmas 2 Time is near The music's here - Christmas 3 Time is near, it's a year, we've been here Sing our song, it's so long. now we're here - Christmas And that's it! Your singers/class/choir/whole school will learn it in ten minutes. Get them to go to the youtube link and learn it at home. Get in touch if you have any questions or requests. musicals4kidz.com
Mary I'm telling You Now! - VERY catchy new Christmas song
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Mary I'm telling You Now! - VERY catchy new Christmas song

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The Annunciation was never like this! What a dilemma, engaged to be married to Joseph - then you are told that you're gong to bear the son of God! This singable song puts a human angle on this part of the Christmas story. Please check the vocal demo - you will be singing the chorus by the end of it! Send the children to this page on my website so they can practice at home - vital to get the words out clearly. http://www.musicals4kidz.com/musicals4kidz.com/Christmas_Songs_for_Choirs.html They can also access the song on You Tube I've done it in G and C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpC0O3yViL4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-vcwsGugdk Get in touch if you want any changes to key or tempo.
Cratchit’s   Christmas   Carol
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Cratchit’s Christmas Carol

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Cratchit’s Christmas Carol is a modern take of the famous CHARLES DICKENS novella. This version is inspired by Dickens and a certain talent show host with high waisted trousers. Please check out the songs and the script via the website link. Written with teenagers in mind. ALL SONGS CAN BE HEARD HERE: https://musicals4all.com/cratchets-christmas-carol/ Password: Bowker Act One – One hour – 13 songs ‘Squeezer’ Scrooge, TV talent guru and showbiz entrepreneur is hassled by the NHS choir who are seeking a Christmas No. 1. He kicks them out whilst resolving to steal their catchy tune. He instructs his intern, the talented but diffident ‘Crotchet’, to rework the song. Squeezer is then accosted by Rob and Squidge hilariously seeking accommodation for the homeless – they get the brush off. Enter Squeezer’s Nephew, I.T. techie Archie and his girlfriend Erin, a social worker. They invite him to Christmas lunch. Scrooge reckons that they are trying to get into his will. Meanwhile Cratchit is spending time reworking the NHS song. Squeezer Scrooge listens to the ‘official’ lyrics to the NHS rip off – loves it and authorises it for release. He calls for the first auditionee to be sent in for his new talent show. Enter his old partner Marley (dead seven years ago) who he supplanted to run the company. Marley warns him that he will meet three ghosts…. Ghosts of Christmas Past arrive. Imagine The Supremes meet Bananarama. They take Squeezer on a tour of his past misdemeanours, his school, his first place of work, his first girlfriend (Ruby), his first love (cash) and his cruel exploitation of no hopers with ‘a dream’. Act One ends with all cast members reviewing his past. Will Squeezer repent? Act 2 – 50 minutes – 10 songs Squeezer reflects on his past– and decides he’s OK. Enter Christmas Present – a lot like Ariana Grande… They visit The Cratchit family, highlighting the plight of Tiny Tina who is being treated by the NHS Doctor – expensive private treatment is out of the question. They then visit Archie and Erin’s Christmas Karaoke Party where they are lampooning Scrooge. Christmas future takes Scrooge to a car boot sale where many of his possessions are on sale. He also sees his old girlfriend who cherishes the memory of what he was Back in the audition room Squeezer resolves to change his ways. He gets a Santa Suit. He meets the NHS choir and bestows the royalties that are rightfully theirs, he gives Cratchit the performing rights to his songs, he creates a Red Nose endowment, pays for Tiny Tina’s treatment and makes his peace with Archie, Erin and Ruby Epilogue – as snow falls he sings an uplifting version of Cratchit’s Christmas Carol with Tiny Tina. This show really works. If you need a Christmas show or a way of getting pupils to consider DICKENS or the Christmas Carol novel please take the time to listen to the songs and read the script.
Cratchit's Christmas Carol - a full length musical
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Cratchit's Christmas Carol - a full length musical

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Dickens novella ‘A Christmas Carol’ has never looked like this before. This is a full length musical featuring ‘Squeezer’ Scrooge, a talent show host/entrepreneur who is ripping off the NHS choir for the Christmas number one slot. There are dozens of speaking parts, only one large part and 22 really catchy and singable songs - please check them out. All songs can be adapted by consulting the composer. I have band parts for most songs - provided on request. I have scores for many of the songs - provided on request. Backing tracks provided - keys can be adjusted. Here’s a synopsis: Act One – One hour – 13 songs Song 1 - ‘A Christmas welcome’ sung by the whole company in ‘Squeezer’ Scrooge, TV talent guru and showbiz entrepreneur is hassled by the NHS choir who are seeking a Christmas No. 1. He kicks them out whilst resolving to steal their catchy tune. He instructs his intern, the talented but diffident ‘Crotchet’, to rework the song. Squeezer is then accosted by Rob and Squidge hilariously seeking accommodation for the homeless – they get the brush off. Enter Squeezer’s Nephew, I.T. techie Archie and his girlfriend Erin, a social worker. They invite him to Christmas lunch. Scrooge reckons that they are trying to get into his will. Meanwhile Cratchit is spending time reworking the NHS song. Squeezer Scrooge listens to the ‘official’ lyrics to the NHS rip off – loves it and authorises it for release. He calls for the first auditionee to be sent in for his new talent show. Enter his old partner Marley (dead seven years ago) who he supplanted to run the company. Marley warns him that he will meet three ghosts…. Ghosts of Christmas Past arrive. Imagine The Supremes meet Bananarama. They take Squeezer on a tour of his past misdemeanours, his school, his first place of work, his first girlfriend (Ruby), his first love (cash) and his cruel exploitation of no hopers with ‘a dream’. Act One ends with all cast members reviewing his past. Will Squeezer repent? Act 2 – 50 minutes – 10 songs Squeezer reflects on his past– and decides he’s OK. Enter Christmas Present – a lot like Ariana Grande… They visit The Cratchit family, highlighting the plight of Tiny Tina who is being treated by the NHS Doctor – expensive private treatment is out of the question. They then visit Archie and Erin’s Christmas Karaoke Party where they are lampooning Scrooge. Christmas future takes Scrooge to a car boot sale where many of his possessions are on sale. He also sees his old girlfriend who cherishes the memory of what he was Back in the audition room Squeezer resolves to change his ways. He gets a Santa Suit. He meets the NHS choir and bestows the royalties that are rightfully theirs, he gives Cratchit the performing rights to his songs, he creates a Red Nose endowment, pays for Tiny Tina’s treatment and makes his peace with Archie, Erin and Ruby Epilogue – as snow falls he sings an uplifting version of Cratchit’s Christmas Carol with Tiny Tina.
The Donkey Song - ukulele Christmas song
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The Donkey Song - ukulele Christmas song

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A different kind of Christmas song from John Gleadall. It takes some effort to get this right, but I promise you it totally works; the children want to sing it and play it. It’s a one finger ukulele song and a quirky arrangement with exchanges between boys and girls. I’ve been told it’s not ‘normal’ enough for juniors but I do it every year with year 3 and they just love it. Listen to the demo - you’ll smile. kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Free Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps
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Free Anti Bullying Song - Hurting Never Helps

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A song written as a songwriting project with year 5 children. Every child in year five wrote a couple of lines using a vocabulary and ideas bank we created through discussion. Then every child sang their own (or somebody else’s ) short phrase. I edited and glued it all together with accompaniment. This is now an assembly song - I think it’s lovely! The demo is sung by the children who wrote it. Get in touch with me, John Gleadall, if you would like the backing track or have any queries: kidzmusicals@icloud.com
Make A Difference Every Single Day - A Song For Stephen Sutton
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Make A Difference Every Single Day - A Song For Stephen Sutton

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Whilst on a songwriting afternoon with the girls of a local junior school, we decided to write a song of thanks to the amazing Stephen Sutton. We thought we would record it and send it to him and his family. Sadly Stephen passed away before we could realise the plan, but the thoughts and ideas remained, so I have put them all together in this song - Make A Difference Every Single Day - which was his rallying cry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfJsA0k8weo kidzmusicals@icloud.com