Old Abram Brown

This simple four-part Canon is from the original ‘Friday Afternoons’ set by Benjamin Britten. Generations of young musicians have first accessed Britten’s music through this piece. The text is from Walter de la Mare’s early 20th Century collection of poetry for children called ‘Tom Tiddler’s Ground’ and Britten’s treatment of it is both catchy and haunting.

Vocal difficulty: 1 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 1 of 5


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A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Old Abram Brown:
- Repeating notes
- Rhythmic augmentation

Lesson Plans

A KS2 lesson plan for Old Abram Brown, exploring five subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Historical, geographical and social understanding


Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Anon - 'Tom Tiddler's Ground' - Walter de la Mare

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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