|Sweeney Todd the Barber, or The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Victorian Melodrama for Schools
|Date of composition||November 1977|
|Type of work||Concert music|
|Musical forces||Narrator, Choir (unison voices), Five Vocal Soloists (from choir), Piano and optional School Instruments (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Soprano Saxophone, Cornet/Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo/Guitar, Double Bass, Percussion)|
|Suitable for use in schools|
|Publisher||Chester Music and Novello & Co|
|Publisher’s product page||Sweeney Todd the Barber, or The Demon Barber of Fleet Street|
|Notes||Also available from Boosey & Hawkes|
The music is absolutely splendid, capturing the atmosphere unusually well.
—David Llewellyn Green, Music Teacher, September 1981
But for sheer fun, his two Victorian Melodramas for Schools are convulsing, especially when performed with the prescribed ‘Music Hall Orchestra’ … A recording by the Redbridge School on Meridian is well recommended.
—Wally Horwood, The British Bandsman, March 1985