The Tale of Thumbelina was written in early 2014 for pupils of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Hertfordshire. It was first performed there on 20th and 21st May 2014.
Although the first performance was given by younger children, the ballet's music will appeal to dance companies and schools with performers of all ages.
The idea of writing a ballet for pupils came about in October 2013, when I was trying to think of a large performance project for the school's younger ballet pupils. Choreographer Jill Hollingsworth suggested the story of Thumbelina, the classic children's story of 1835 by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. The concept of the youngest pupils dancing as stag beetles, field mice, toads and swallows was enough inspiration to begin composing, and the music was written between January and April.
Andersen was 30 at the time of the story's publication, and lived to see the story reprinted several times in collected editions of his work. Thumbelina has now been translated into over 30 languages. The story did not endear itself to critics at the time, owing largely to its lack of moral messages. However, its fairytale-esque nature, quirky storyline and bizarre cast of characters has ensured its status as a children's classic.
I hope that you will want to stage a production of this wonderful and magical piece in your school or dance company, and I look forward to discussing your requirements with you. Please use the contact page to get in touch.