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The Complete Songs of A. A. Milne (and Lewis Carroll) by Harold Fraser-Simson
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Available for the first time, all sixty-seven songs composed by Harold Fraser-Simson (1872-1944) to the famous poetry of A. A. Milne. 'When we were very young', 'Now we are six', 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The House at Pooh Corner' are all represented on the album along with a complete recording of the pantomime 'The King’s Breakfast'. Also on the album are the collection of eight songs Fraser-Simson wrote using the words of Lewis Carroll from 'Alice in Wonderland'.

This album spans well known settings ('Buckingham Palace', 'Halfway Down', 'Cottleston Pie' & 'Vespers') to unknown and previously unrecorded works. A wonderful nostalgia trip for those familiar with some of these songs from their youth and a brilliant album to listen along with children. Volante Opera Productions is proud to be able to release this comprehensive collection so that future generations will be able to listen to and enjoy a piece of British musical history that otherwise would be lost to time. Recorded by a team of seven singers (Julian Boyce, Simon Crosby Buttle, Helen Greenaway, Rosie Hay, Philip Lloyd-Evans, Francesca Saracino & Stephen Wells) and pianist Frederick Brown - all of whom appear by arrangement with Welsh National Opera.


Frederick Brown (piano)
Julian Boyce (baritone)
Simon Crosby Buttle (tenor)
Helen Greenaway (mezzo)
Rosie Hay (soprano)
Philip Lloyd-Evans (baritone)
Francesca Saracino (mezzo)
Stephen Wells (bass)

Artists appear by arrangement with Welsh National Opera


Recorded at The Vanguard Centre, Caerphilly, in January and May 2023
Recording Engineer: Stephen Wells
Audio Editing: Simon Crosby Buttle
Cover Artwork: KIMBO
Booklet design and layout: Simon Crosby Buttle & KIMBO
Album made possible thanks to a kind donation by June Buttle

The Pieces

The songs of this recording were originally published in the following volumes:


Music by H. Fraser-Simson, words by A. A. Milne


Fourteen Songs from When we were very young (1924)

The King’s Breakfast (1925)

Teddy Bear & Other Songs from When we were very young (1926)

Now We Are Six (1927)

More Very Young Songs (1928)

The Hums of Pooh (1929)


Music by H. Fraser-Simson, words by Lewis Carroll


Songs from Alice in Wonderland (1932)

As the original book were re-published in different anthologies there was never really a specific order in which to present the songs, so we have decided to adopt the order from the original poetry/story books.

The Settings of A. A. Milne

When We Were Very Young

Buckingham Palace


The Christening

Puppy and I

The Four Friends

Lines and Squares



Nursery Chairs

Market Square



Spring Morning

The Three Foxes


Jonathan Jo

At the Zoo

Rice Pudding



Shoes and Stockings


Knights and Ladies

Halfway Down

Before Tea

Teddy Bear

Bad Sir Brian Bottany

In the Fashion

The Alchemist

Growing Up

If I Were King


The King’s Breakfast


The King’s Breakfast

Winnie the Pooh

Isn’t if Funny

How Sweet to be a Cloud

It’s very, very funny

Cottleston Pie

Lines Written by a Bear of Very Little Brain

Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear

They all went off to discover the Pole

3 Cheers for Pooh


Now We Are Six



Cherry Stones

Us Two

The Engineer

Furry Bear


The Emperor’s Rhyme

Down by the Pond

The Friend

Twice Times

Cradle Song

Waiting at the Window

Wind on the Hill

In the Dark

The End


The House at Pooh Corner

The more it snows…

What shall we do about poor little Tigger?

I could spend a happy morning…

Oh, the butterflies are flying…

If Rabbit was bigger…

This warm and sunny spot…

I lay on my chest…

Here lies a tree…

Christopher Robin is going…


The Settings of Lewis Carroll

Songs from Alice in Wonderland


How doth the little crocodile

Fury said to a Mouse

You are old, Father William

Speak roughly to your little boy

Will you walk a little faster

‘Tis the voice of the Lobster

Beautiful Soup

They told me you had been to her

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