Night Walk

For Narrator and Chamber Orchestra

Orchestration
  • Narrator
  • Flute, Oboe(doubling Cor Anglais), Clarinet(doubling Bass Clarinet), Bassoon
  • 2 Horns, Trumpet in B♭(doubling Flugelhorn), 2 Trombones Timpani, 1 Percussion (Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Kick drum, Sandpaper block, Low Tom, Tam-tam, Cymbals, Bass drum, Triangle)
  • Harp
  • Strings

Duration: 20 mins (including 3 minutes of introductions)
Suggested age: 8-16
Suggested narrator: if possible, this piece would work best with a female narrator, but nothing is compulsory. Some ability to follow music is helpful, but not necessary.

Night Walk is a new work for narrator and small orchestra by composer Roman Benedict and children’s author and comedian Rosie Fletcher. It follows the adventures of Anna who, unable to sleep on a stormy night, slips out of her window to explore the city. Out on its rainy streets she discovers the denizens and characters of the city at night, and discovers the busyness and life of the city, as well as the pockets of calm and beauty. The story culminates in a moment of joy and celebration, before a madcap dash through the thunderstorm back to home and the welcoming embrace of bed.

Full of atmosphere and character, it introduces children to the instruments of the orchestra, taking the form of Peter and the Wolf and updating it so that it feels contemporary and relevant to the children of today. It is urban, modern, and filled with a sense of excitement at the world around  It is accessible to children and families, and can be delivered by any narrator. It can be performed with an introduction to each character and instrument, or presented stand-alone. The orchestra takes you through the world of Anna as she explores the life of the city at night.

Demo

A computer synthesis of the orchestral score, with recorded narration by Rosie Fletcher. Links to key moments are below if you want to skip through.

The beginning Anna (the flugelhorn) The Moon (the Cor Anglais) The Fox (the clarinet The Bin-man (Trombones) The Overpass The Girl with the Golden Shoes (Flute) The Dance in the Square The Fountain (Harp) The Big Dance Racing back home Back to bed

Programming Suggestions

This piece would pair well with Mother Goose Suite, Peter and The Wolf, Young Persons Guide to The Orchestra, and other similar works for children.
In a broader context, it would work well when programmed with Copland, Pärt, Sibelius or Ravel.

About Roman

Roman Benedict is a composer and arranger based in London. Winner of the ANZVS composition prize and the Willoughby Symphony AMCOZ award, his arrangements have been played by major orchestras around the world, including the Hallé, Sydney Symphony, and Britten Sinfonia.

About Rosie

Rosie Fletcher is a writer, broadcaster and occasional stand-up comedian. A regular voice on BBC Radio 4, her series Rosemary vs Mankind was heard on The Film Programme throughout 2018. She is half of the long-running podcast Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun and has written several episodes of the award-winning podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats. Rosie is currently writing a children’s book.

Contact Details

Please visit romanbenedict.com for more information. If you have any questions, or are interested in performing this work, please Contact Me

 

Text

By Rosie Fletcher

It was night time.

It was raining.

It was night time and it was raining and Anna could not sleep.

Every time she was about to fall asleep her eyes snapped open and she was wide awake again.

She could hear the sounds of the city and the rain and the world outside her walls, so she slipped into her coat and her shoes and out of her window and into the night.

It was very dark outside but the sky was sprinkled with stars like the ground was sprinkled with rain. Anna tipped back her head and let the rain fall right into her mouth. It tasted like night time.

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