Graffeg to crowdfund recording of Gaspard’s Foxtrot free for all UK primary schools

Graffeg Publishing is today launching a Crowdfunder campaign to raise £12,500 to cover recording costs for Gaspard’s Foxtrot.

This major new concert work composed by Jonathan Dove CBE based on the book by broadcaster Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew, is an orchestral tale for children in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf. The music will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and narrated by Zeb Soanes. Graffeg wish to make the audio recording freely available to every primary school in the UK.

Gaspard’s Foxtrot is the latest instalment in the charming Gaspard the Fox picture book series by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew and the perfect introduction to classical music for young children. The fun storyline follows Gaspard who accidentally takes the 38 bus from Islington to Hyde Park and unexpectedly finds himself at a classical concert, inspiring the name of the music, ‘Gaspard’s Foxtrot’.

The Gaspard the Fox series has found many fans since first publishing in May 2018, with Zeb and James making regular appearances at festivals and schools, entertaining thousands of children with his adventures.

L-R: Jonathan Dove, Gaspard the Fox, James Mayhew and Zeb Soanes.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Gaspard’s Foxtrot will premiere at the Three Choirs Festival on 27 July 2020 performed live by the Philharmonia Orchestra with Zeb Soanes narrating and James Mayhew live painting, before going on to tour across the UK with Docklands Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

As part of this Crowdfunder Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Three Choirs Festival are donating tickets to the recording and premiere performance as an added incentive for people to donate to the campaign. Other incentives include artwork from James Mayhew and copies of Gaspard’s Foxtrot orchestral edition book and CD signed by all three creators.

Zeb Soanes says: ‘James and I share a passion for music and communicating that imaginatively to young audiences. Independently we have both performed with orchestras as storytellers over the years and this project will bring us together on stage narrating and illustrating our own book. We are overjoyed that Jonathan Dove has composed such truly wonderful music for Gaspard’s Foxtrot and we can’t wait to perform it. We are delighted that Graffeg wish to make the audio recording freely available to every primary school in the UK.’

To donate to the ‘Gaspard’s Foxtrot orchestral recording’ Crowdfunder page visit:

Gaspard’s Foxtrot (HB, RRP £12.99) is publishing in June 2020. An orchestral edition book and CD will be published in July 2020.