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   Hilary James & Simon Mayor

"... great value and excellent use of the benefits of singing for extending vocabulary and the enjoyment of reading."
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“brilliantly composed and presented... a joy.”  
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Hello and welcome to this leading UK music site for children, teachers and parents.

As well as new songs to sing (visit our online songbook), you'll find pages packed with musical instruments, information and fun things to do.

Simon and Hilary have worked as presenters, songwriters and musical directors for BBC TV and Schools Radio programmes (Play School, Playdays, Green Claws and The Song Tree.)

Simon is one of the world's leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instrument, as well as a fine fiddle player and guitarist.

Hilary has "one of Britain's finest voices" (BBC Radio 4) as well as an unusual taste in bass instruments. See her amazing giant mandobass.

As well as touring the world playing concerts and festivals they have over 20 years experience of visits to schools, performing to pupils of all ages.

For news of other recordings by Simon Mayor and Hilary James of folk, classical, swing and blues... and lots of mandolin music... visit and


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PLAY SCHOOL - 50th Aniversary 2014
Simon and Hilary were the last guest presenters to appear on BBC’s Play School just a few months before the doors and windows on the Play School House were finally boarded up in 1988. The aniversary reunion was organised by Paul R Jackson, keeper of the Play School archives and supported by the Children’s Media Foundation.
Read more and see the pictures.

Read Hilary James' article Make Time For Music. Hilary offers some great ideas on how to give children the musical start they deserve. First published in Creative Steps magazine (PDF file).

One of Simon & Hilary's best-loved songs from the album Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! can now be heard both in English and in French!

If you'd like to colour Hilary's drawing of the parrot please click here. More pictures to follow.

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Lullabies With Mandolins
Lullabies With Mandolins Listen:
Lavender's Blue
Fais dodo
All the pretty little horses
Musical Mystery Tour albums
"Splendid musical fun."  The Daily Telegraph
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Up In A Big Balloon
A Big Surprise
Snowmen & Kings and All Sorts Of Things
Midsummer Market

The Snowman's Song
Up In A Big Balloon
Sleepy Sheep
Simon's Door Bell
The Parrot Song
Spider In The Shed

Flock Of Fat Flamingoes
Musical Mystery Tour Songbook
Musical Mystery Tour Songbook 21 songs from the series with full lyrics, easy piano parts, guitar chords and notes on the songs.
Two Rhyming Picture Books (with CD)

Based on songs written by Hilary James & Simon Mayor. 'I'm A Parrot' and 'Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!' are also illustrated by Hilary and contain music with ukulele chords and a singalong CD.

"Giggles galore! ...contains everything that will intrigue little ones... most definitely a winner. 4/5."
Sweet Craftiness