ITT Children’s Songbook

Children's Songbook

Over the last 25 years we have written many songs for children. The musical ideas and the lyrics have come from the groups we work with and in the original recordings you can hear the composers/lyricists performing their songs. It was always our hope that others would enjoy singing these songs as much as we did, so to mark our 25th anniversary, we would like to give YOU a gift: the chance to sing these songs in your homes, schools, community choirs or wherever you think they might work. If you do, we’d love to hear about it, so please do tag us on social media or email info@irenetaylortrust.com

The young people we consulted told us these songs are probably most relevant to those between 5 and 9 years old, however those younger and older may also enjoy singing them.

In the individual songs, whilst we have indicated where there could be solos, please do feel free to interpret the songs in your own way, to suit the groups that will be singing them. For example, in the song, ‘Things to do’, you could make up your own ‘things to do and not to do’ for the verses. The ones written in the musical score can be used as a guide but to make them relevant to your groups, please feel free to rewrite them.

For each of the songs, we have included:

  • the full lyrics & score
  • the original audio version, to give you an idea of how the song sounded when it was first written
  • an audio instrumental part if you wish to use that as backing track

Full lyrics & score: Swimming in the Sea

Original track

 

Backing track

Full lyrics & score: At the Beach

Original track

 

Backing track

Full score & lyrics: Why

Original track

 

Backing track

Full score & lyrics: My Dream

Original track

 

Backing track

Full score & lyrics:  Things To Do

Original track

 

Backing track

 

Reimagining Songs: Thing To Do by Minnie Birch 

Minnie Birch is one of our amazing prison musicians in residence; listen to her cover of ‘Things To Do’ below!

Children’s Songbook credits

The songs were all transcribed by ITT musician Nick Hayes.

The cover art was designed by Keir Cooper.

This project was made possible with support from Arts Council England.

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We hope you enjoy making some music using this resource! Please let us know how you get on!