The Poohratorio (Expotition to the North Pole) for alto, guitar, spoken voices and various optional instruments


This is my 1976 “Oratorio” on Winnie the Pooh (Poohratorio) for alto voice, spoken parts, guitar and various optional other instruments
Great fun for young and old.
It uses the whole of Chapter 8 of A A Milne’s “Now we are six” -“The expotition to the North Pole”, which is now in the public domain in the USA.

The pdf file is the score based on the alto and guitar parts with spoken voices provided in text on the score.


ONE fine day Pooh had stumped to the top of the Forest to see if his friend Christopher Robin was interested in Bears at all.
At breakfast that morning (a simple meal of marmalade spread lightly over a honeycomb or two) he had suddenly thought of a new song. It began like this:

“Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear.”

When he had got as far as this, he scratched his head, and thought to himself “That’s a very good start for a song, but what about the second line?” He tried singing “Ho,” two or three times, but it didn’t seem to help. “Perhaps it would be better,” he thought, “if I sang Hi for the life of a Bear.” So he sang it . . . but it wasn’t. “Very well, then,” he said, “I shall sing that first line twice, and perhaps if I sing it very quickly, I shall find myself singing the third and fourth lines before I have time to think of them, and that will be a Good Song. Now then:”

Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
I don’t much mind if it rains or snows,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice new nose!
I don’t much care if it snows or thaws,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice clean paws!
Sing Ho! for a Bear!
Sing Ho! for a Pooh!
And I’ll have a little something in an hour or two!
He was so pleased with this song that he sang it all the way to the top of the Forest, “and if I go on singing it much longer,” he thought, “it will be time for the little something, and then the last line won’t be true.” So he turned it into a hum instead. ….. etc