There was a man of Newington

A short bit of nonsense that is sure to raise an eyebrow amongst your singers. In just 13 bars, Britten covers the top, middle and bottom of the vocal range and at the same time gets across a very silly story from John Drinkwater’s The Way of Poetry.

Vocal difficulty: 2 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 1 of 5


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Lesson Plans

A KS2 lesson plan for There Was A Man of Newington, exploring six subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology


Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Anon - 'The Jou of Poetry' - John Drinkwater

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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