Gaspard's Foxtrot is a new orchestral tale for children in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf, composed by Jonathan Dove based on the book by broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew. The music will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and narrated by Zeb Soanes.
Gaspard's Foxtrot is the latest instalment in the charming Gaspard the Fox picture book series by Zeb and James and the perfect introduction to classical music for young children. The fun storyline follows Gaspard who accidentally takes the 38 bus in London from Islington to Hyde Park and unexpectedly finds himself at a classical concert, inspiring the name of the piece, 'Gaspard’s Foxtrot'.
The Gaspard the Fox series has found many fans since first publishing in May 2018, with Zeb and James making regular appearances at festivals and schools, entertaining thousands of children with his adventures.
Gaspard’s London Foxtrot will premiere at the Three Choirs Festival on 27 July 2020 performed live by the Philharmonia Orchestra with Zeb Soanes narrating and James Mayhew live painting, before going on to tour across the UK with the Docklands Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Zeb Soanes says: 'James and I share a passion for music and communicating that imaginatively to young audiences. Independently we have both performed with orchestras as storytellers over the years and this project will bring us together on stage narrating and illustrating our own book. We are overjoyed that Jonathan Dove has composed such truly wonderful music for Gaspard’s Foxtrot and we can’t wait to perform it. We are delighted that Graffeg wish to make the audio recording freely available to every primary school in the UK.'
Gaspard’s Foxtrot crowdfunder aims to raise £12,500 to cover recording costs of the music and narration to produce an orchestral edition book and CD. The audio recording will be made available free of charge to all primary schools in the UK.
We hope you can give generously to help us achieve our aim.
Many thanks for your support.
- Raffle entry for a signed limited edition of Gaspard's Foxtrot special orchestral book and CD
- Signed limited editions of Gaspard's Foxtrot orchestral edition book and CD
- Tickets to the recording of Gaspard's Foxtrot with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Zeb Soanes
- Tickets to the recording of Gaspard's Foxtrot plus meet and greet with Jonathan Dove, Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew
- Tickets to the Gaspard's Foxtrot premiere at the Three Choirs Festival (27 July 2020) plus meet and greet with Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew
- Original art work from James Mayhew