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Boxing Day 2011 11:30 BBC Radio 4

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 December 2011

A festive treat for Boxing Day .

David Tennant stars in Robert Browning's poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin .

Narrator ............................David Tennant
The boy ............................Bertie Gilbert .

With music and songs written and performed by John Harle, lyrics by Joyce Harle, sung by Thomas Platts, head chorister at Canterbury Cathedral with the choir of Wingham School Kent.

Director ................................Susan Roberts
Sound producer ...................Steve Brooke

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the subject of a legend concerning the departure of a great many children from the town of Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany, in the Middle Ages. The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in pied (multicoloured) clothing, leading the children away from the town never to return. In the 16th century the story was expanded into a full story - that of the poem , in which the piper is a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, the piper retaliates, turning his magic on the children, leading them away to the mountains. Only one boy remains behind ..

  • Wingham School Choir

    Wingham School Choir

  • Wingham School Choir

    Wingham School Choir

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